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Microsoft KB Archive/256251

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Cannot Add Network Adapter in Network Properties

Article ID: 256251

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

This article was previously published under Q256251

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You cannot add a network adapter (including the Dial-Up adapter) in Network properties in Windows Millennium Edition (Me).

This change was implemented to increase the stability of networking in general.


To add a network adapter, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add New Hardware.

To add the Dial-Up adapter:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click the Windows Setup tab.
  3. Click Communications, click Details, and then clear the Dial-Up Networking option. You may be prompted to remove the Dial-Up Server and Direct Cable Connection options as well. Select Yes, and then click OK. If the Dial-Up Networking option is not checked, select the option and proceeed to the next step.
  4. Click OK again. When prompted to restart select Yes.
  5. If you cleared the Dial-Up Networking option in step 3, follow the same procedures to select the Dial-Up Networking option. When prompted to restart, select Yes.

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