Peer to Peer Network : Windows 7 Pro and Windows 2000 Pro

My client has 4 pc's running Windows 2000 Pro in a peer to peer network.  All the pc's have static ip addresses.  All have a workgroup called Workgroup.  

One of the pc's died.  I am replacing it with a pc running Windows 7 Pro.  I'm just learning Windows 7 Pro.

 1.)  How do I set a static ip address on Windows 7 Pro pc?

2.)  What changes must be made to the Windows 7 firewall to allow the Windows 2000 pc's to see the Windows 7 machine?

3.)  Windows 7 has a network wizard.   What settings would you suggest are the best for this situation?

4.) On the dead pc I created user accounts for each pc (Billing, Office1 etc).  I also created hosts files on each of the 4 pc's .  What needs to be done to create  a host file on the Windows 7 Pro machine or what feature on the Windows 7 pc now controls this?  Or is this even relevant any more?

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Jason WatkinsConnect With a Mentor IT Project LeaderCommented:
Configure Windows 7 with a static IP address;

The Windows 7 computer needs to be in the same workgroup as the Windows 2000 computers. You need to allow file and printer sharing through the Windows Firewall, for all profiles. NetBIOS over TCP/IP has to be enabled for the Windows 7's computer network adapter.

   1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
   2. Under Network and Internet, click View network status and tasks.
   3. Click Change adapter settings.
   4. Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.
   5. In the This connection uses the following items list, double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), click Advanced, and then click the WINS tab.
   6.  Make sure use NetBIOS setting from the DHCP server is unselected, and then click OK three times.

Edit the HOSTS file in Windows 7;
donpickAuthor Commented:
Thank you for a complete and detailed answer.
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