program sharing on a peer to peer ?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Morse, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Morse

    Morse Guest

    On a small (home or office or classroom) peer to peer network, if the hard
    drives are shared, it is possible to access and run programs which are
    installed on another workstation just by browsing to that other machine's
    Destop shortcuts or to it's Program Files folder and launching the program.

    However, this is not Always the case. I assume (but may be wrong) that some
    programs will not run because they look for a registration number or some
    files which are only on the single machine they were originally installed
    on. I guess some programs are written to be "self contained" and can be
    launched from anywhere on the network, and others can only run on the single
    computer they were installed on.

    Question: Is this correct & if so, how can you tell which will run from
    anywhere on the network and which cannot - without doing the empirical test
    of installing it on one and then seeing if it'll run from others ?
    Morse, Jan 3, 2004
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