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wanting to see if there is a server program that will run in the background

i am using windows xp and i am looking for a server program that will work in the back group of windows xp.i am trying to setup a home network , and have a main area to save info to.
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chadCommented:
Hello Eric, welcome to Experts Exchange.
To answer your question requires a bit more information.
1. what type of network are you looking for?
2. what results are you looking for?
3. how many computers are you looking at networking?
4. what operating systems are you using?

The number of possibilities is endless.  
More than likely your current systems have enough capability to build a basic network already installed
Chad
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eric38Author Commented:
i am use three computers, one ipaq pocket pc, one win200 pro, and one win xp. i just need a server that i can have run in the backgroud forhelping connect all the computers together. i have two hard drives, on is 40 gis and has xp on it, the other one is a 120 gig drive that is empty now.i want to be able to have a file server - storage for everything.
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eric38Author Commented:
i have nicks in all the computers, and have a router- ethernet cable/ dsl router
i have 50 feet of cat 5 serial, i have a cpl 10 foot crossover cable
i have everything needed i think, but need help with the router. do i need a cd for the router. i was given the router and no software.
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chadCommented:
that depends on the router... most of the time you can do without it
what is make and model of router?
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chadCommented:
check the website for the documentation on the router.  
most times you can get into the router via a web interface
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eric38Author Commented:
the router i have is a  

Linksys  instant Broadband Series
EtherFast Cable / DSL Router
model  befsr41
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chadCommented:
you should be fine without the cd.
read through the link I provided earlier on home network setup.  It walks through the configuration of network services
let me know if you have quesitons on it
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