When you create a network, any computer on that network will be accessible in the network folder, not My Computer.
If you haven't done so yet, right click on any empty space on the taskbar and bring up Properties. In the Start Menu tab make sure Start Menu is selected and click the Customize button next to it. Go to the Advanced tab. Scrill down the checklist until you see My Network Places and make sure it's checked. Click OK to exit, Apply then OK in the next one.
Now open your Start Menu and just below My Computer will be My Network Places. That's where you can access other computers on your network.
There are a couple things you can do with this folder if you right click on it in the Start Menu. The first is you can rename it to whatever name you gave your network. The second is you can Show on Desktop for easy access from the desktop and whatever name you gave it will automatically be that name on the desktop icon.
Hope this clears it up for you. Sorry if I overexplained this or explained something you already knew how to do, just wanted to make sure you knew what I was talking about.
Well, I've been through the Windows Networking wizard and several other attempts to create what I want but nothing seems to work the way I expected.
In short, what I'm trying to do is to be able to click on "my computer" and when the window opens be able to see the hard drives on the other computers which are on my network. I think I understand that the other stations have to give permission for the drives to be shared but I want full access to the hard drive and for that station to have access to my computer's hard drive. The purpose of this is to be able to use my laptop from the bedroom or the living room and to access the files on my main computer in the office. It's kind of like when there's a server and all the others computers are just stations accessing a central hard drive. Is there a way to do this.
By the way, I'm using Windows XP Pro, I have two hard drives for half a TB but at this time only 1 gig of memory. Thanks