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maximum computers in a workgroup

By dliby ·
What is the maximum number of Windows XP computer that can be assigned to a workgroup?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to maximum computers in a wo ...

10 before you need a File Server.

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by CG IT In reply to maximum computers in a wo ...

The # of concurrent connections limit per machine not in a Windows domain is 10.

That limit does not deny the 11th computer or 12th or so one from joining the workgroup.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to maximum computers in a wo ...

It really depends on the requirements of the Work group. With XP Pro the max number of concurrent connections is 10 and with XP Home it's 5 but if all of the computers do not need to share a common service provided by one computer in theory there is no upper limit to the number possible in a Work group.

It's possible to run several thousand XP Pro or Home machines in a work group provided that they do not need to connect to a common computer for a single service like Internet access or file sharing. But it's not a good idea to have a network setup like that as there are way to many possible problems inherent in this type of setup.

Even if a Internet connection is required it's possible to run a DSL or Cable modem directly into a Hub/Switch and then through a series of hubs/switches to allow every computer Internet access although it would require every workstation to be locked down and running its own AV and Spy Ware software and it would be impossible to control the users settings or restricted e-mails & Web Sites. Also it would be very time consuming as you would need to visit each computer to apply updates and install new software or the like.

If you need to connect to a single workstation for any service like Internet Access, File Sharing, E-Mail or Print spooling then the upper limits are as above.


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by wcp In reply to maximum computers in a wo ...

I am not sure if there is such a limit. The limit may be in practice not in theory (?).

If your question was how many inbound connections can be made to a Windows XP computer, it is 10 for XP Pro and 5 for XP Home.
Refer to (Inbound connections limit in Windows XP).
In this sense, the maximum number of XP Pro computers in a workgroup should be 11 (10 inbound plus yours) and 6 for XP Home.

However, you can increase the limit to 50 in Windows XP Pro.
See TechRepublic thread

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by wlbowers In reply to maximum computers in a wo ...

You can assign any number that you want.

The limit is the concurrent connections that are allowed within that workgroup to machines.

Each os has a licensed allowable limit.

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