had the laptop off my desk stolen some time ago which has never been replaced, it always had no prob with network access, file sharing, email etc. Since then we have added broadband and only the select few have net access. Now i have my laptop in running XP pro, with net access, BUT i have never been able to access the network whatsoever. you can ping the server and the server can ping me without a hassle, i have perfect net access which all runs thru the same server, but i cant see the server as a network location and vice versa. the server is running win2000 - could this be affecting it? does anyone know what setting i havent changed yet that will get me back in the network? ive heard that using outlook will be a prob, but i only want in for file sharing so i can store everything on the server rather than burning a disc every day and copying it over to the damn server. any ideas would be much appreciated!