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Microsoft® Windows 7 In Depth by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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20. Using a Windows Network

Windows 7 Was Made to Network

Most homes and offices have more than one computer, and you’ll quickly find that as days go by, you end up using most or all of them. You’ll download a file, and a few days later, when you want to use that file... where is it? You hardly need to ask: If there’s a 50/50 chance that the file you want is on your computer rather than some other computer in the home or office, 9 times out of 10 it will be on the other computer. This is not just a fact of life, it’s a law of nature. But with a network, you can easily access any file and any printer, on any computer, from your own, short-circuiting the law—for a while, at least. A network also lets everyone in your home or office share printers ...

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