Connect to a Peer to Peer Workgroup

20 08 2009

Connect your PC to a peer-to-peer workgroup so that you can communicate with other computers and network equipment.   Peer-to-peer workgroups are typically found in small or home offices, that do not have dedicated servers.

Joining a specific workgroup is as easy as changing the workgroup name.  Your desktop or laptop appears on a list with other computers in the workgroup, and it makes workgroup resources (printers and hard drives) easier to locate.

You will need to use the Control Panel’s System and Maintenance icon.

Follow these steps in Windows Vista:

  1. Open the System and Maintenance icon.  You’ll find it in the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Change Settings link in the Computer Name, Domain and Workgroup Settings area.  If you’re asked for permission here, click the Continue button.
  3. Click the Change button.  The Computer Name Changes window appears.
  4. In the Workgroup text box, type the name of the computer workgroup.  Typically, the name is WORKGROUP.  If you chose something else for your local workgroup, type that name into the box.
  5. Click OK to close the various dialog boxes, and close any other windows you opened.  You may have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.   Do so when prompted.  Your computer is now a part of the named workgroup and can more easily access other computers and system resources in that workgroup.
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