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New Connection Wizard \Program Files\Internet Explorer\Connection Wizard\icwconn1.exe

Set up a new network connection.

To Open

Control Panel [Network and Internet Connections] Network Connections New Connection Wizard[14]

[14] If you have the “Show common tasks in folders” option turned on (see “Folder Options”), click the “Create a new connection” link to start the New Connection Wizard.

Start Programs Accessories Communications Connection Wizard

Command Prompt icwconn1


Windows XP handles network and Internet access with distinct "connections,” listed in the Network Connections window (discussed earlier in this chapter). The New Connection Wizard will guide you through the process of setting up a new connection; the following four types, presented on the first page of the wizard, are available:

Connect to the Internet

Use this option to set up a new Internet connection (see Figure 4-65). The next page shows three options. Most users want to pick the second, “Set up my connection manually,” as it will set up a basic connection, compatible with most Internet service providers. The first option, “Choose from a list...,” is used only if you wish to sign up for MSN (Microsoft’s online service) or if you want to cruise Microsoft’s list of service providers (see Notes). The third option, “Use the CD I got from an ISP,” merely starts the setup program on whatever CD is inserted in the drive.

Figure 4-65. Add an Internet connection with the New Connection Wizard

Connect to the network at my workplace

This option helps set up a remote connection to a business network, either through a dialup connection or through Virtual Private Networking (VPN). Note that your business network must be set up to accept such connections; contact your administrator for specific instructions.

Set up a home or small office network

Choose this option to close the New Connection Wizard and run the Network Setup Wizard (explained earlier in this chapter).

Set up an advanced connection

The last option on this page lets you set up other types of connections, such as those that use a single serial or parallel cable (called "Direct Cable Connection” in previous versions of Windows) or those that communicate wirelessly with an infrared port. While these types of connections aren’t strictly network connections, Windows XP treats them as such—not only in this wizard, but in Explorer (after they’ve been set up) as well. There is one tangible difference with this type of connection, at least concerning this wizard: one computer must be first set up to “accept incoming connections” before another computer can be connected to it.

You may notice that there’s no way to add a standard Ethernet connection. This is because a new connection icon is automatically added for each network interface card installed in your computer; install two network cards, and you’ll see two connection icons here.

The first thing you may wish to do after creating a new connection is to rename it so that it is easier to identify later on and easier to distinguish from the other connections. To make any other changes to the new connection, right-click on it and select Properties. See Chapter 7 for more information on the various protocols and settings in these properties sheets necessary for setting up a network.


  • All the choices made in this wizard result in the creation of a new connection icon in the Network Connections window; no changes to any other connections are made (except where new hardware has been added). This means that, even after completing this wizard, you can undo your changes simply by deleting the new connection.

  • The New Connection Wizard is designed to create a new connection, not to modify an existing one. See “Network Setup Wizard”, discussed earlier in this chapter, if you’re having trouble configuring your network or Internet connection, or if you can’t get Internet Connection Sharing to work.

  • The New Connection Wizard replaces the Internet Connection Wizard found in earlier versions of Windows.

See Also

Chapter 7

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