Disable WINS on Windows 2000 and Earlier

July 2, 2012

If you have a problem connecting a Windows 2000 or earlier computer to a router (not a switch, a true router), simply disable WINS resolution. This is safe to do unless you have a special setup where WINS is required.

Step 1. Go to Control Panel>Networking and select your ethernet card (it should have a little picture of a cable and say TCP/IP>yourcardxxxx, not a PC card). Click "Properties".

Step 2. Click around in the tabs until you find the WINS tab, and click "Disable" or "Do Not Use WINS", it may vary by system.

Step 3. Apply and restart system with router connected and on, and no more problems should appear unless something else is out of whack.

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