How do I... Connect Windows Vista to a Macintosh network?

Figure A: System preferences

In the integrated world of information technology, personal computers running Microsoft Windows have to be connected to PCs running Mac OS X, even if it is a Macintosh network. Apple's Mac OS X operating system simplifies the process of connecting Windows systems -- including Vista -- to Macintosh PCs. Erik Eckel show you how to do it yourself.

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The Apple's System Preferences menu is essentially the Mac's equivalent to Windows' Control Panel.

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