When you encounter network problems in Windows XP Pro, you'll likely start your troubleshooting expedition by launching the Ipconfig /All command from the Command Prompt to get an initial reading on the system's overall TCP/IP configuration. The next step, typically, is to use the ping command to seek out and test network connectivity.
When you use the ping command, you may ping several systems in order to determine where the breakdown is occurring. However, you can save yourself time and effort by using the Netsh command-line scripting utility and special command line that instantly test the full TCP/IP configuration of the adapter, including IP, DHCP, DNS, and WINS, as well as the default gateway. Here's how:
- Open a Command Prompt.
- Type Netsh Diag Ping Adapter 1.
- Press [Enter].
You'll see a full page listing of the results from the all-in-one ping operation. This will help put you on the road to a solution.
Note: This tip applies only to Windows XP Professional.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.