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Windows XP First View Networking

A first view of Windows XP Networking :

Right-click on the
"My Network Places"
on the desktop to display
the Network "Properties"

On a first view, the network
configuration looks very
much the same as we know it
already from Windows2000.
The Windows behaves different:
when selecting a Network Connection, a new menu
"Network Tasks" is displayed.

Let's have a look at the
something familiar and something new :

tab: General
The configuration of Network Client, protocols
and File-and-Printer Sharing is similar to
Windows 2000, but there is a new feature:
"QoS Packet Scheduler : Quality of Service"

tab: Authentication

tab: Advanced
An "Internet Connection Firewall" is integrated

There is one BIG NEWS :

Windows XP is the first Microsoft
Wndows system where Microsoft's
own NetBEUI protocol is
"NOT supported" anymore !
NetBEUI is not anymore listed as
a possible network protocol to be

I actually first stumbled over this issue, when running on my Windows98SE system the
upgrade check (from the main menu of the XP-installation CD-ROM) :

When searching the Microsoft Knowledge Base, I found article

The NetBEUI Protocol Is Not Available in Windows XP

Support for the NetBIOS Extended User Interface (NetBEUI) network protocol has been discontinued in Windows XP. This protocol is not available to install in Windows XP.

If you upgrade from a previous version of Microsoft Windows with NetBEUI installed, the Compatibility Wizard displays the following message:

The currently installed driver for the NETBEUI Transport Protocol is not compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and will be uninstalled during the upgrade. This protocol is removed from this new version of Windows.

For more information about this driver, visit the manufacturer's Web site at http://www.microsoft.com. Web addresses can change, so you may be unable to connect to this Web site.

For a list of protocols supported by Windows XP, see the Microsoft Windows Whistler protocols Compatibility List at the Microsoft Web site.



The NetBEUI protocol was developed in 1985. It is used by network operating systems such as Microsoft LAN Manager, Microsoft Windows for Workgroups, Microsoft Windows 95, and Microsoft Windows NT. The NetBEUI protocol implements the OSI LLC2 protocol, and is a non-routable protocol.

You can install NetBEUI in Windows XP, but it is an unsupported protocol. For additional information about installing NetBEUI in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q301041 How to Install NetBEUI on Windows XP

So, NetBEUI is "not supported" anymore ( which means: if you have problems, do NOT call us ! ),
but still avaialble to install from the "
Valueadd\msft\net\netbeui" folder on the XP CD-ROM :

When adding protocols, we need to
select "Have Disk..."
use the button "Browse" to locate
on your XP-CD-ROM the folder
then select OK
You can now select the NetBEUI protocol.

Basic networking is the same as Windows 2000, but there are some new feature, for which
details will follow soon.

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