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Computer Not Shown in 'My Network Places'

Posted February 2004 by Steve Sinchak

When I upgraded my computer to XP Professional, I ran into a problem which caused my computer not to show in the 'Workgroup Computers' category in 'My Network Place' I did some research, and even called Microsoft themself and they were stumped, they has no idea. The problem was (which i finally figured out myself) was that the Computer Discription Name that I configured when running the network setup wizard was to long, and was causing the computer not to be displayed. To fix this problem i did the following:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Double-Click the System Icon
  • Click the 'Computer Name' Tab up top
  • Change the computer discription to a shorter name

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