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Network Setup between two Computers

I have this problem, i need you help

I want to setup a network in my house.  I want PC A to be the main network Computer, where all the files and applications will be located.  And i want PC B and PC C to be able to access those applications and run them as well as access the files and run them.  Also i want to be able to save the files back on th PC A.  Is this possible and how do i go about doing this.  

Also is there a right way of doing this maybe i am just saying stuff but actually there is a right way to get this done.

Thank you
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ECNSSMTCommented:
The right way or the most common practice would be to get a 4 port router to connect all of your devices to.  (I'm beginning to prefer Netgear at this point but Linksys or any of the other brands will do the trick).  If you plan to add more computers, you may want purchase an 8 port instead.  Also I assume that you will be wanting to connect your network to the internet at some point.

Following the instructions per the router's manual.  Set up your network either by using the default subnetwork of 192.168.1.0 with the PCs assigned IP addresses 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.254 either via the router's DHCP server (recommended) or assign the static IPs manually.   (or you can pick your own subnet, but going with the defaults may be best with your 1st LAN).  

Your default gateway IP will be your router's IP address.

Configure your PC's network cards to request an IP address from your router (recommended) or manually assign an IP address.  Exact instructions should be found in your router's manual.

Make sure that all of these PCs are in (assigned) the same WORKGROUP

On the Main computer PC A (assume the name of this PC is PC_A);
Ensure that all users have an account on this PC, it would be advisable to have the same user name and password here (e.g user John on PC B has a username combo of JSMITH/mypassword; ensure it is the same on PC A)

create a folder.
Right Click on the folder > choose Sharing and Security > choose Share this folder > enter a Share name (e.g. companydrive)

go to Permissions > set the permissions accordingly; I'm assuming that you will give everyone Full Control, but that may be changed per security needs, click OK until you are out.

on the other PCs...

Open MY COMPUTER

Go to Tools > Map Network Drive > Assign a Drive Letter D-Z
In Folder, you can type \\The_ACTUAL_NAME_OF_PC_A\SHARE_NAME e.g. \\PC_A\companydrive or you can browse for it.  
Click on OK, and you show now see the shared drive.

Do this for all the other computers.

Regards,
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FriarTukCommented:
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp_filesharing/index.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813936/        (how to setup home network in xp hm step 1-8)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040/        (how to configure sharing in xp)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307874/        (disable simple sharing & set folder permissions)
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ECNSSMTCommented:
any luck with this issue?

Regards
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