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Install NetBEUI For Compatibility With Older LANs


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Install NetBEUI For Compatibility With Older LANs

Previous versions of Windows automatically installed Microsoft's NetBEUI protocol whenever you installed a LAN card. Windows XP, however, doesn't do this. If you want to share files and printers with older Windows systems that don't have IP installed, you'll need to install NetBEUI manually.

Although NetBEUI is not officially supported, the files needed to install it are on the Windows XP CD. To install NetBEUI:

• Browse to the Valueadd\ MSFT\Net\NetBEUI folder on your Windows XP CD.

• Copy Nbf.sys to the C:\ Windows\System32\Drivers directory.

• Copy Netnbf.inf to the Windows\Inf directory.

Once you've copied these files to the proper directories, you can add NetBEUI to most network connections using the Install... button on each connection's Network Connection Properties display. Unfortunately, you can't install NetBEUI on a FireWire connection.

NetBEUI doesn't require any addressing, routing, or other configuration information, so it is very handy for file sharing between laptops. If you have NetBEUI installed on two computers, you can simply connect them together (using an Ethernet hub or crossover cable) to share files and printers.

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