To configure TCP/IP to use WINS


Open Network Connections


Right-click the network connection you want to configure, and then click Properties.


On the General tab (for a local area connection) or the Networking tab (all other connections), click the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) component, and then click Properties.


Click Advanced, click the WINS tab, and then click Add.


In TCP/IP WINS server, type the IP address of the WINS server, and then click Add.


Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each WINS server IP address you want to add, and then click OK.


To enable the use of the Lmhosts file to resolve remote NetBIOS names, select the Enable LMHOSTS lookup check box. This option is enabled by default.


To specify the location of the file that you want to import into the Lmhosts file, click Import LMHOSTS, and then select the file in the Open dialog box.


To enable or disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, do the following:

To have the DHCP server determine whether NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled or disabled, click Default. The value of the Microsoft vendor-specific DHCP option Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) either enables (set to 1) or disables (set to 2) NetBIOS over TCP/IP on the DHCP client computer. If the DHCP server does not send the Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) DHCP option during DHCP lease negotiation or TCP/IP is manually configured, NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled. For more information about the Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) DHCP option, see Related Topics.

To enable the use of NetBIOS over TCP/IP, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

To disable the use of NetBIOS over TCP/IP, click Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.


Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer.


To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections

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. 

If you are using a DHCP server to allocate WINS server IP addresses, you do not need to add WINS server addresses.

If you disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, you might not be able to connect to computers that are running operating systems other than Windows 2000 or Windows.

If you disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, you cannot use broadcast-based NetBIOS name resolution to resolve computer names to IP addresses for computers on a network segment, also known as a subnet. Common home network configurations place all of the computers on the same subnet. If NetBIOS over TCP/IP is disabled, you must install a DNS server and either have your computers register with DNS (or manually configure DNS records) or configure entries in the local Hosts file for each computer.

You can no longer configure the NetBIOS scope ID on the WINS tab (previously available in Windows NT 4.0). To configure the NetBIOS scope ID, set the following registry value to the name of the scope ID that you want to use:


Related Topics

Configure TCP/IP for static addressing

Configure TCP/IP to use DNS

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