Workgroups are terminology used to depict a collection or group of computers connected through a network or in a Local Area Network (LAN). This peer-to-peer computer network shares common resources and responsibilities. Also, it is so easy to share files, printers and other network resources within a Workgroup.
For instance, if you want to share a folder, you can simply copy that folder, go to ‘Network places’ on your desktop, and paste it in appropriate computer (the names of which shall be shown) shared on your network. Generally, for small LANs in homes, schools, small business areas, offices, etc. workgroups are designed. When you have 15 or less computers within a Windows Workgroup, it works the best. And if the number of computers increase, it becomes difficult to administer the workgroup LANs.
In a Windows XP computer, you can configure the Workgroups in the System Properties window. You can also segment the network by setting up multiple Workgroups. Let’s see how the Windows help team explains to create multiple new Workgroups in Windows XP.
Windows help instructions for creating multiple new Workgroups in Windows XP
- Using an administrator user name and password Log onto your Windows XP machine. This will be the name that you normally use to log into Windows, for most users.
- Click the Windows Start button, select “Control Panel” and in the window that opens, click on the link labeled “Network Setup Wizard.” Click “Next“.
- At the start screen that tests for a network connection, click “Next“. In the display, click your network setting listed and click “Next.”
- Enter a name for the computer that will be displayed to other users on the network sharing the same workgroup. Click “Next”.
- Enter a workgroup name. If you already have a workgroup setup and want to add this computer to that workgroup, simply enter the existing name.
- Enter a new workgroup name that does not exist on the network already if you want to start another workgroup. Click “Next”.
- Select “Turn file and printer sharing on” and click “Next“. Review the final summary page and click “Finish“.
- When prompted to restart, click “Yes” for the new Workgroup to take effect.
That’s all there is to it, thank you!