An application that can be run on a workstation or a personal computer and for its functions depends on a server is known as Client. To explain the application, one can consider the example of e-mail client which empowers you to receive and send emails. People also use email client to take back their email storage data from the internet service providers (ISPs).
More technically, client is a system or an application that is programmed to access a server (remote service on some other computer system) by the virtue of a network. Initially, device that is unable to run its programs alone and need to approach some other computer via a network called a client.
Client is not an out dated system or application. Client server models are still in fashion as they are utilized on the internet where internet protocol (IP) suite enables a user to connect to a remote system that is providing a certain service. Those clients that are connected to the servers of web and are able to retrieve web pages for the display are known as web browsers. In online chat a variety of clients can be deployed depending upon the chat protocol that is under process.
There are three types of clients: fat clients, thin clients and hybrid clients. A fat or thick or rich client is the one that is able to process a bulk of data, may or may not reply upon any kind of server. This type is typically found in notebooks and personal computers that are able to perform their functions all alone. A thin client is the one that relies on the resources of another system. The thin client is capacitated to graphically portray the pictures provided by an application server – that is responsible for processing the bulk of data. A combination of both rich client and thin client is hybrid client. It is potent to process the data but it depends on the server to keep the data safe. It encloses the features of both clients.
Here is step by step explanation of how to install client on Microsoft Windows.
- Move to the Windows Control Panel.
- In case your computer has Windows 2000, Windows XP or any other latest version than go into Startmenu and right click on My Network Places and choose properties from the menu. Network Connections window will appear here you can open Local Area Connections.
- In case you have Windows 95 or Windows 98 than right click on Network Neighborhood and chooseProperties. You can also move to Control Panel and open Network item.
- In newer versions of Windows view the General tab and verify the check box next to Clients for Microsoft Windows is unchecked. You will be hereby aware that the client is not pre-installed. In case the network is already active, there will be no check box. In this case, you have to click again Properties to reach the detailed General tab.
- If you have older version of Windows then view the Configuration tab and verify that Client for Microsoft Windows does not appear in the list. You will be hereby approved that the component is not pre-installed.
- Click on the check box in front of the Client for Microsoft Windows if your computer runs Windows XP, Windows 2000, or any new version. Then click on the Install tab to start the process of installation.
- You just have to click Add to install Client on the older versions of Microsoft Windows.
- You have to select Client as type of component from the list that appears in the new window. You have to do this for whatever version of Windows you may have. Click Add tab to continue.
- An active window will appear with the list of manufacturers, choose Microsoft from the list. Then selectClient for Microsoft Windows from the list of Network Clients in the right side of the Window. You have to click OK.
- Finish installation by clicking OK and move to reboot your computer. Your client will start to function as soon as the system restarts.
- There is also need to install TCP/IP protocol and the File and Printing Sharing for Microsoft Networks service to completely network a Windows system on a common LAN.