I am looking for a way to undo the software controls that are networking my PCs:
1. each PC wants me to "login" although they always fail, either because the other PC is turned off, or
2. one of the PCs (XP) doesn't have a file to validate the 98 machine.
ALSO, my firewall on XP says the settings are controlled by group policy. SO under 'general", all the options are greyed out. One Care, however, says the firewall is turned on. I'm having a hard time believing it because my ISP is starting to get junk mail, although I do not use it for general website memberships.
The XP firewall (from MS One Care) keeps changing the setting under the second tab to enable file and printer sharing. I keep turning it off, but it goes back on. The third tab, I enable to use the wired router; both PCs get their internet access through the router.
I've deleted the Network neighborhood settings, but this dang network software settings will not go away.