The NetBEUI Protocol Is Not Available in Windows XP

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If you upgrade from a previous version of Microsoft Windows with the NetBIOS Extended User Interface (Net BEUI) installed, the Compatibility Wizard displays the following message:
The currently installed driver for the NETBEUI Transport Protocol is not compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and will be uninstalled during the upgrade. This protocol is removed from this new version of Windows.

For more information about this driver, visit the manufacturer's Web site at Web addresses can change, so you may be unable to connect to this Web site.

For a list of protocols supported by Windows XP, see the Microsoft Windows Whistler protocols Compatibility List at the Microsoft Web site.


Support for the NetBEUI network protocol has been discontinued in Windows XP. This protocol is not available to install in Windows XP. The NetBEUI protocol was developed in 1985. It is used by network operating systems such as Microsoft LAN Manager, Microsoft Windows for Workgroups, Microsoft Windows 95, and Microsoft Windows NT. The NetBEUI protocol implements the OSI LLC2 protocol, and is a non-routable protocol.

You can install NetBEUI in Windows XP, but it is an unsupported protocol. For additional information about installing NetBEUI in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
301041 How to Install NetBEUI on Windows XP
After you complete the steps documented in Q301041, you should be able to use NetBEUI on Local Area Network (LAN) connections, however you will not be able to use NetBEUI on a Remote Access Service (RAS) connection. RAS connections cannot use NetBeui.


Article ID: 306059 - Last Review: April 19, 2004 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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