Install Netbeui Protocol under Windows XP

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

NetBEUI is by far the fastest protocol but it is becoming much less implemented in production environments because of it lack of routing capabilities. If you have a need to run XP in a NetBEUI network, you can use the following procedures even though Microsoft does not support it (officially). NetBEUI is not included in the list of protocols for Windows XP.

Oddly enough, Netnbf.inf and Nbf.sys, needed to install NetBEUI are included on the XP installation CDROM. To install:

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel
  • Double-click Network Connections
  • Right-click the adapter to bind NetBEUI
  • Click Properties
  • Click Install on the General tab
  • Click Protocol
  • Click Add
  • Click Have Disk
  • Insert XP installation CDROM
  • Open \Valueadd\msft\net\netbeui folder
  • Click on Netnbf.inf
  • Click Open
  • Click OK
  • Click OK to complete the installation
Don't call Microsoft if it does not work. They don't support it.

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