Set Up Internet Connections in Windows XP

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Start the New Internet Connection Wizard

Windows XP New Connection Wizard - Internet
Windows XP New Connection Wizard - Internet.

In Windows XP, a built-in wizard allows you to set up network connections of various kinds. To access the Internet section of the wizard, choose the Connect to the Internet option from the Select Network Connection Type list. Broadband and dial-up connections can be made through this interface.

The Getting Ready page presents three choices as shown:

  • The Choose from a list of Internet Service Providers option gives instructions for setting up an account with an ISP, then making the Internet connection through that new account.
  • The Set up my connection manually option sets up connections for accounts that have already been opened with an ISP (username and password are ready for use).
  • The Use the CD I got from an ISP option should be used when possessing an installation CD-ROM from one of the service providers.

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Choose From a List of Internet Service Providers

Completing the New Connection Wizard - Windows XP
Completing the New Connection Wizard (for Windows XP Internet connection setup).

Selecting the Choose from a list of Internet Service Providers option in the "Connect to the Internet" section of the Windows XP New Connection Wizard leads to the screen shown.

By default, the first option Get online with MSN is selected. To set up a new connection to MSN, click Finish. To set up a new connection to various other ISPs, change the radio button selection to the second option and then click Finish. Both of these options led to additional setup screens for dial-up Internet services popular in the early 2000s.

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Set Up My Connection Manually

Windows XP New Connection Wizard - Set Up Manually
Windows XP New Connection Wizard - Set Up Manually.

Following the Set up my connection manually option in the "Connect to the Internet" section of the Windows XP New Connection Wizard leads to the screen shown.

This wizard assumes an account has been opened previously. Manual connections require the username (account name) and password from a working ISP service. Dial-up connections also require a telephone number; broadband connections do not.

The next step presents three options for creating a manual connection:

  • The Connect using a dial-up modem option works for phone line Internet services (either traditional dial-up or ISDN).
  • The Connect using a broadband connection that requires a user name and password option works for DSL or cable modem Internet services that use PPPoE.
  • The Connect using a broadband connection that is always onoption works for true "always on" DSL or cable modem services (those that do not require a username/password) as specified in their service agreement.

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Using an Internet Provider's Setup CD

Windows XP Internet Connection Wizard - Setup CD
Windows XP Internet Connection Wizard - Setup CD.

Following the Use the CD I got from an ISP option in the "Connect to the Internet" section of the Windows XP New Connection Wizard leads to the screen shown.

WIndows XP displays this option for instructional purposes. Service providers normally created their setup CDs to include all of the necessary setup data for an operating system in a self-contained package. Clicking Finish exit the wizard and assumes that the user has inserted the appropriate CD to continue the process. Modern broadband Internet services generally do not require using setup CDs.