Home network

I have 2 desktops and 1 netbook. 1 desktop is running Win XP Pro, the other desktop is running Win 7 Ultimate, the netbook is running Win 7 Starter. The 2 desktops are directly wired into a Linsys router and the netbook is setup to run wireless. I'm thinking about setting up a home network and want to know if I can use one of the desktops as a server instead of buying a server? Would I need Windows Home Network software?

I'm new to networking so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. setup the Workgroup name to be the same on all three computers.

    setup shares on the desktop you like to use as a server.


    no need to buy a separate server or Home Network software
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