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Article ID: 308522 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0

INTRODUCTION

This article describes the Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP. You can use the Network Setup Wizard to configure the Internet connection for the computer and the home network configuration for all computers on your home network.

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The Network Setup Wizard configures your software to set up a Windows XP-based computer for use on a small home network. The wizard can help you set up the following items:
  • A connection to the Internet for the computer through a direct dial-up or broadband connection or through another computer on the home network.
  • Internet Connection Sharing on a Windows XP-based computer for sharing a connection to the Internet with other computers on the home network. (However, for security reasons, we recommend that you use a router rather than Internet Connection Sharing.)
  • Computer name, computer description, and workgroup name.
  • File and printer sharing.
The Network Setup Wizard is also portable. You can create a Network Setup Wizard disk to automatically configure Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, and Windows XP.

You can also use the wizard from the Windows XP CD-ROM to configure other computers in the home network. To do this, insert the CD-ROM, click Perform Additional Tasks, and then click the option to Set up a home or small office network.

For additional information about how to configure ICF, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
283673  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283673/ ) How to enable the Internet Connection Firewall feature in Windows XP
For additional information about how to configure Internet Connection Sharing, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
306126  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126/ ) How to configure Internet Connection Sharing

Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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