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Windows Vista Networking and Internet Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding Networking and Internet in Windows Vista. If you are unable to find the answer to your question here, you can find additional computer support via our Free Technical Support
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How can I create multiple dialup connection in Vista? Is it easy to set up a network between XP and Vista?
IE crashes often in Vista  

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How can I create multiple dialup connection in Vista?

Q: I am able to create one dialup connection. But, when I go to create a second one it over-writes the first. Isn't there a way to create multiple connections?

A: Yes, there are a couple of ways in which this can be done:


  1. Go to Start>> Control Panel>> Network Sharing & Connection Center

  2. Click "Setup a Connection or Network"

Method #2:

  1. Create your first and connect to it.

  2. Open Internet Explorer

  3. Select Tools

  4. Select Internet Options

  5. Select the Connections tab

  6. Select the "Add" button. From here you will be able to create your second connection. Repeat these steps as necessary.


Is it easy to set up a network between XP and Vista?


Yes, but there are a few differences between the two:

In XP, the default workgroup name is: MSHOME
In Vista, the default workgroup name is: WORKGROUP

Make sure that both XP and Vista's workgroup names are the same.

In XP, the default shared folders name is: Shared Docs
In Vista, the default shared folders name is: Public

Copy and paste between the two is a simple task.

To configure properly:

1. In Vista, go to Start>> Control Panel>> Network and Internet>> Network and Sharing Centre
2. Make the following settings changes:

  • Network Discovery set to ON

  • File Sharing is set to ON

  • Public Folder Sharing is set to ON

  • Password Protected Sharing is set to OFF

Many have reported not being able to connect with Norton installed on their systems. Be sure to disable Norton's firewall and turn the Windows firewall on instead.


IE crashes often in Vista

Q: Ever since I upgraded my PC to Vista Premium, I frequently receive the following error message:

"IE has encountered a problem and needs to close"

I have nearly the same addons that I had in my XP installation but IE would hardly ever crash. Is there something I can do to fic this problem?

A: Windows Vista currently has some compatibility issues with a few addons. You can try running the system file checker to see if it can find and replace some corrupt files that could be casing this issue. Here's how:

  1. Go to Start

  2. In the Search box, type the following: cmd.exe

  3. Right click CMD and select Run as administrator from the resulting menu.

  4. Type the following command in to the command prompt and then press Enter:

    sfc /scannow

  5. The system file checker will now start.

If this method fails to stabilize Internet Explorer, you will need to remove addons one at a time until the culprit is found.


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