Windows 7 Networking Changes

Windows 7 has implemented a few new things when it comes to how PCs are networked

Windows 7 has implemented a few new things when it comes to how PCs are networked. Reassuringly, it has kept a few old chestnuts that date back to Windows 98 for those of us that are slow to change. Some of these are obvious - such as changes to how information is presented in the control panels and other user interface elements. And some of them are more obscure, touted by various Microsoft bloggers and data sheets but harder to come by.

Let's take a quick tour around and help you make the most of these features and look at where you can find some common networking tasks in Windows 7. We'll start with the Network and Sharing Center control panel, as you can see in the screenshot here it has some new items.

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Network and Sharing Center Control Panel in Windows 7 has a few new elements

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