The Client for Microsoft Networks is an essential networking software component for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. A Windows computer must run the Client for Microsoft Networks to remotely access files, printers and other shared network resources. These step-by-step instructions explain how to verify the client is present and, if not, how to install it.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- Navigate to the Windows Control Panel.
- If the computer runs Windows 2000, Windows XP or newer, locate and right click "My Network Places" in the Start Menu and choose Properties from the menu that appears. A new window titled "Network Connections" opens. In this window, open the "Local Area Connection" item.
- If the computer runs any older version of Windows, like Windows 95 or Windows 98, locate and right-click on Network Neighborhood, then choose "Properties" from the menu that appears. Alternatively, navigate to Control Panel and open the "Network" item.
- If the computer runs Windows 2000, Windows XP or newer, view the General tab and verify the checkbox next to Client for Microsoft Windows is unchecked. This confirms the component has not already been installed. If the network is currently active, you may not see any checkboxes in the window. In this case, click the "Properties" button one more time to reach the full General tab.
- If the computer runs any older version of Windows, view the Configuration tab and verify the Client for Microsoft Windows does not appear in this list. This confirms the component has not already been installed.
- If the computer runs Windows 2000, Windows XP or newer, first click the checkbox next to Client for Microsoft Windows, then click the "Install..." button to begin the process of installing this component.
- If the computer runs any older version of Windows, simply click the "Add..." to begin the process of installing Client for Microsoft Windows.
- For all versions of Windows, select "Client" as the type of component from the list in the new window that appears. Click the "Add..." button to continue.
- For all versions of Windows, next choose "Microsoft" from the list of manufacturers shown on the left of the active window. Then, choose "Client for Microsoft Windows" from the list of Network Clients on the right side of the window. Click the "OK" button to continue.
- Complete the installation by clicking the "OK" button to close the window, then proceed to reboot the computer. After the computer has restarted, Client for Microsoft Windows will be installed.
- You will probably also need to install the TCP/IP protocol and the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" service to fully network a Windows computer on a typical LAN.
What You Need
- A computer running Windows 95 or newer version of the Windows operating system