To install Simple TCP/IP Services


Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.


Click Add/Remove Windows Components.


In Components, click Networking Services, and then click Details.


In Networking Services, select Simple TCP/IP Services, and then click OK.


Click Next.


If prompted, type the path where the Windows distribution files are located, and then click OK.


Click Finish, and then click Close.


To open a Control Panel item, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click the appropriate icon. 

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

Simple TCP/IP Services for Windows provides support for the optional TCP/IP protocol services listed in the following table.


Character Generator (CHARGEN)

Sends data made up of the set of 95 printable ASCII characters. Useful as a debugging tool for testing or troubleshooting line printers.



Returns messages containing the day of the week, month, day, year, current time (in hh:mm:ss format), and time-zone information. Some programs can use the output from this service for debugging or monitoring variations in system clock time or on a different host.



Discards all messages received on this port without response or acknowledgment. Can serve as a null port for receiving and routing TCP/IP test messages during network setup and configuration or, in some cases, can be used by programs as a message discard function.



Echoes back data from any messages it receives on this server port. Can be useful as a network debugging and monitoring tool.


Quote of the Day (QUOTE)

Returns a quotation as one or more lines of text in a message. Quotations are taken at random from the following file: systemroot\System32\Drivers\Etc\Quotes. A sample quote file is installed with the Simple TCP/IP Services. If this file is missing, the quote service fails.


All of these protocol services are classified as elective Internet standards and are defined and described in the specified Request for Comments (RFC) document listed in the table. For more information about these protocol services, see the RFCs.

Do not install Simple TCP/IP Services unless you specifically need this computer to support communication with other systems that use these protocol services.

After Simple TCP/IP Services are installed, you cannot enable or disable the separate services individually.

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