Article ID: 268986
For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257824/EN-US/ )OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express
Outlook Express installed on an Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) client (downstream) computer will not automatically disconnect the Host computer from the Internet Service Provider (ISP) after checking for new mail.
This is by design and can occur if there is any network activity between the ICS host and the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
The following list provides some examples of network activity that could cause this issue:
ICS defaults to Disconnect after 5 minutes or to the Internet Explorer Disconnect if Idle setting, depending on which is shorter.
To change the Internet Explorer "Disconnect if Idle" setting:
When you restart the computer, the Icslog.txt file is renamed to Icslog.old and a new Icslog.txt file is created.
The following text is an example of what might be contained in an Icslog.txt file:
04/05/1999 11:07:29 - Internet Connection Sharing log opened.
04/05/1999 11:07:30 - The automatic addressing server has been started
04/05/1999 11:07:30 - The Internet Connection Sharing driver is running.
04/05/1999 11:13:13 - AutoDial is using connection: WinISP
04/05/1999 11:13:37 - AutoDial connected to: WinISP
The Icslog.txt file is useful for connections such as ISDN or analog phones that use Dial-Up Networking. For connections such as DSL or Cable Modems that use a network adapter, the contents of the Icslog.txt file show only that the Internet Connection Sharing driver is running.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237806/EN-US/ )Dial-Up Connection in ICS Does Not Prompt to Disconnect
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/230108/EN-US/ )ICS Does Not Disconnect When You Are Finished Using the Internet
Article ID: 268986 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0