Quick Tip: Restore NetBEUI support to Windows XP

Microsoft dropped support for NetBEUI in Windows XP. Here's how you can quickly add it back if you need to.

Like Windows 2000, by default, Windows XP uses TCP/IP, which has become a standard network protocol. With Windows XP, Microsoft decided to discontinue support of the NetBEUI (NetBIOS Extended User Interface) network protocol that had long been the underpinning of Windows networking. But what do you do if you still need NetBEUI to attach to older operating systems?

While Microsoft has done a great deal to make the configuration of TCP/IP as simple as possible, you have to install NetBEUI manually if you wind up needing it.

To manually install NetBEUI:
  1. Go to the \Valueadd\MSFT\Net\NetBEUI folder on your Windows XP CD.
  2. Copy Nbf.sys to the %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\Drivers folder.
  3. Copy Netnbf.inf to the %SYSTEMROOT%\Inf folder. (Note that this folder is hidden.)
  4. Open the Network Connections folder (Start | Control Panel | Network Connections).
  5. Right-click the network card that you want to add NetBEUI to and click Properties.
  6. Click Install on the General tab.
  7. Click Protocol and then Click Add.
  8. Select NetBEUI Protocol from the list and click OK.
  9. Restart the computer.

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Don't forget; although you can install NetBEUI from the Windows XP CD, Microsoft doesn’t support this network protocol anymore.

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