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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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21. Using a Windows Network

Windows 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 you’re searching for the file on the computer you’re using now, nine times out of ten it will turn out to be on some 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, thus short-circuiting the law—for a while at least. A network also lets everyone in your home or office share printers and an Internet connection, thus saving ...

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