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Power Tools can be a great utility. Even though
Microsoft issues them, they are unsupported, so there is room to get
yourself in trouble.
To make sure there is communication taking place, enter a
invalid password for accessing the host machine to see if you get an
You should make sure that you have the latest updates for
Windows 98 since you indicated you have it loaded on both machines.
Start the Windows Update service from the link on your Start menu (and be
connected to the Internet). If you happen to be using Windows 95 on
one of the machines, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/
to download Service Pack 1.
There would be two reasons why network neighborhood would
be missing. One, if modifications were made to the registry to hide
it. Or two, if the networking components are set up improperly. I
guessing in your case the components are set up improperly.
Go into Networking under Control Panel and remove all
components and reboot the PC. After it reboots, add those components
back in. Do the same thing with Direct Connect, although, this is
done through Add/Remove programs under Control Panel.
After you reload all the networking components you should
get back the Network Neighborhood Icon.