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Set Up TCP/IP for Windows XP

Last Updated: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 > Related Articles


Learn how to set up TCP/IP for Windows XP.


TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is the basic communication protocol for the internet. 


Follow these steps to set up network settings for TCP/IP in Windows XP:


  1. From the desktop, click Start and select Control Panel. (The Control Panel will open in either Classic View or Category View.)  
  2. In Classic View, double click the Network Connections icon.
    In Category View, click Network and Internet Connections, select Network Connections, select Network Connections and select Local Area Connection.  
  3. If you are not connected to the Internet, skip to step 4.
    If you are connected, click Properties.  
  4. Click the General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or highlight it and choose Properties.
  5. Click the General tab and ensure that the radio buttons are set for Obtain IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. If you're setting up a static IP address, enter the applicable DNS, IP, Gateway, and Subnet mask information and click Ok. Skip to step 11.
  6. Click the Alternate Configuration tab and ensure that Automatic private IP address is set.  
  7. Click the General tab and click Advanced.  
  8. On the IP Settings tab, ensure that the IP address displays DHCP Enabled, that Default gateways is empty, and that Automatic metric is checked.  
  9. Click the DNS tab and ensure that only Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes and Register this connection's address in DNS are set.  
  10. Click the WINS tab. Ensure that Enable LMHOSTS lookup and Default in the NetBIOS setting section are selected. (Nothing is required on the Options tab.)  
  11. Click OK.  
  12. Restart the computer. When the computer boots up, the connection should be established. If not, choose Start, select Control Panel and select Network Settings. Right click the Local Area Connection icon and select Enable. The computer should connect to the Internet.





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