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Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week: NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol Page 2

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Oct 24, 2002



Installing NWLink

There are a number of different ways to go about beginning the installation of NWLink on a Windows XP Professional system. All of the methods end up bringing you to Network Connections.

The easiest way to go about it is to right click My Network Places from the Start Menu and select Properties.



[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - I'm sure long time readers are sick of this, but I can't mention it enough -- what your Start Menu options look like all depend on how you have the menu set. If you are using the Classic Start Menu, you would not see My Network Places as a selection to right click on.

I seem to continually repeat this from article to article, but it is important to stress, the Windows XP Professional exam rarely tests you on Classic anything. You need to know how to get from Windows XP Professional settings to Classic and back, but in 90% of the cases you're going to find instructions laid out in the Windows XP Professional vein. I will do my best to point out alternatives in the [NOTES FROM THE FIELD] section as I have done here.

Once you have opened the Properties of My Network Places, you will see the Network Connections box, as shown below.



In order to add the protocol from here you would need to right click the installed LAN adapter and select Properties.



Click on Install to open the Select Network Component Type. Since we want to install a protocol, we will select Protocol and click Add.



Next you will see the Select Network Protocol window where you will be able to select NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol. Once you have done this and clicked OK, the protocol will be installed.



[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - Windows XP does not require you to restart the computer after you install new protocols MOST of the time. What you may find that you need to do is Disable and then Enable the network adapter to finalize all the settings. When it is practical, you should restart the system. If you have connectivity issues with the newly installed protocol, or even the currently installed ones, you're not going to be able to be sure where to start troubleshooting if you haven't rebooted the system.


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