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Browse lists often do not consistently contain all computers in a Windows NT network. This is caused by a variety of factors that range from individual computer configurations to inadequate name resolution.
This article describes the browsing functions within Network Neighborhood. You may have computers running Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation that require constant enumeration in Network Neighborhood. It is possible to obtain this functionality statically.
NOTE: The remainder of this article assumes that basic network connectivity is already established throughout the network, especially for the target computers.
Use the following steps to ensure that computers are consistently listed and available in Network Neighborhood. This operation requires that the target computers are running and connected to the network. Because this method of creating a static Network Neighborhood involves creating .lnk files on your hard disk, you can populate other computers in the network by simply copying these files as shortcuts. The .lnk files need to be stored in the %SystemRoot%\Profiles\%Username%\NetHood folder.
NOTE: The NetHood folder is located in the %SystemRoot% folder in Windows 95 and Windows 98. This folder is hidden by default in Windows NT.
Performing these steps does not affect the ability of a workstation to work with or connect to other workstations or servers in the network, and it does not affect administration of the computers in question.
For more information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/152562/EN-US/ )How to Use Windows 95 to Connect Computers on a Network
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/102908/EN-US/ )How to Troubleshoot TCP/IP Connectivity with Windows NT
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/128233/EN-US/ )Comparison of Windows NT Network Protocols
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/185786/EN-US/ )Recommended Practices for WINS
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/150800/EN-US/ )Domain Browsing with TCP/IP and LMHOSTS Files