Windows 8 FAQ

Windows 8 Networking

1. How do I change my network setting in Windows 8?

Windows 8 has introduced the Network and Sharing Center where you can view and manage your network settings from one location. To access it, click on the Start menu, select Control Panel, and under Network and Internet select View network status and tasks. Also it is accessible from the Network icon on the start menu.

Network center

To change individual network connections such as a Local Area Connection, click on Manage network connections.

2. What do the Sharing and Discovery options do?

a) Network discovery. Enable this option to allow Windows to see other computers on the network and allow other computers to see the Windows 8 computer. Click on View computers and devices to display other computers on the network.
b) File sharing. Enable this option to allow folders and files to be shared with other computers on the network.
c) Public folder sharing. This allows sharing of the Public folder (i.e. C:\Users\Public) with other computers. You can specify whether its read only access or allow users to create or modify files in the Public folder.
d) Printer sharing. This option allows other users to access shared printers on your computer with other computers.
e) Password protected sharing. This enables only authenticated users access to shared resources on your computer. To allow guests and any other user, disable this option. To add users use the User Accounts control panel.
f) Media sharing. This allows other users and media devices to access music and video files on your computer.

3. What is Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IP)?

IPv6 was introduced first with Windows XP and Windows 2003 to expand on IPv4 to get past the limitation of a maximum of 4 Billion IP addresses using the old 32 bit system. IPv6 now uses a much longer IP address using Hexadecimal numbers. Windows 8 will automatically assign an IPv6 address when you configure your normal IPv4 address. Here is an example of an IPv6 address:
fe80::4490:9230:7194:a69b. You can view the IPv6 address using the IPConfig tool.

4. How do I enable or configure Windows Firewall?

The Firewall in Windows 8 can block outgoing and incoming traffic to your computer. To configue it, goto Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, Windows Firewall. You can add or remove programs allowed through the Firewall by selecting Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall:

Firewall apps

Click on Change settings and then Add another app and select the program from the list or Browse for the program on the hard disk. If you have uninstalled a program, use the Remove button to remove the program from the Exception list. If you want to allow specific protocols or ports then use the Advanced Settings instead, this will load the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security window.

Advanced Security

5. How do I change the Computer or Workgroup name?

Windows 8 can use Workgroups or Domains (in Business, Enterprise or Ultimate editions). You can change the computer or workgroup name in the Control Panel, System Maintenance, System and click on Advanced system settings. Then select Computer Name tab and select Change.


6. How do I share a folder for other computers to access them?

To share a folder, select the folder, right click it and a pop up menu will appear. Select Share from the menu and the following window will appear.

To set up sharing use the Advanced Sharing to enable sharing and set the share name and which users can have permission to access files in the share.
You can enable the Sharing Wizard in Windows 8 to make sharing files and folders easier. See Organize, Folder and Search Options, View menu.

In File Sharing, you can add users (or groups) to share files with as follows:

a) Right click the folder to share, and select Share with..., Specific people
b) Enter the name of user to share with or select user from a list (use Guest to share with anyone), and click on Add
c) By default, the permission level is set to Reader (user can only read files).
d) Change the permission to Read/Write if necesssary.
e) Click Share, the name of the Share is set automatically to the name of the folder.
f) Click Done.

To remove the share:
a) Right click the folder that is shared, select Share with...
b) Select Stop Sharing.

7. I cannot get Windows 8 to work with shares with other computers such as Windows 2000, XP or 2003?

Windows 8 usesNTLMv2 only by default. You can change it so it can use NTLM or NTLMv2 by changing the Local Security policy.
Open the Local Security Policy console in Administrative Tools, expand Local Policies, Security Options and look for Network Security:
LAN Manager authentication level
. Change the option from Send NTLMv2 response only to Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session
security if negotiated.

If you have the standard edition, then load Regedit and browse to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa and
change the LmCompatibilityLevel to 1.

8. How do I setup a Web Server on Windows 8?

In Windows 8, you can enable the IIS web server feature, as follows:
i) Open the Control Panel, select Programs and Features.
ii) Select Turn Windows features on or off.
iii) Expand Internet Information Services
iv) Enable World Wide Web Servies and Web Management Tools.
v) Click OK to install the new features.
vi) Once installed, you can create your new web pages in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot folder.


9. Can I connect my computer to the internet via my Smart Phone?

Yes, you can do this if your computer has a WiFi network adapter installed (or a USB version) and enabled the following on your Android phone.
i) In Network settings, enable Use packet data and Use only 2G Networks.
ii) In Network, Tethering and portable hotspors, enable Mobile AP
iii) On the PC, enable the wireless network and select the Android AP option to connect to the internet.