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This article provides an overview of what occurs when you run theInternet Connection Wizard. The following topics are discussed:
Step 1: Setting up your computer for the first time
Step 2: Signing up for an Internet account
Step 3: Setting up your Internet software
The Internet Connection Wizard is included in every copy of InternetExplorer. The Internet Connection Wizard is a fully automated processthat takes you through three important steps to set up your connectionto the Internet. After completing each step, the wizard saves Internetconnection information to your computer so that you will have the properconfiguration for accessing the Internet in the future.
Step 1: Setting Up Your Computer for the First Time
During this step the Internet Connection Wizard does the following:
Checks that your modem is set up properly. If it is not, the wizard runs the Modem Setup wizard so that you can configure your modem.
Checks that your dialing settings are set up properly. If not, the wizard displays the Dialing Properties dialog box.
Sets up the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol. This is the protocol that computers use to communicate on the Internet.
Sets up Dial-Up Networking, and then creates a Dial-Up Networking connection so that you can create an Internet account.
Step 2: Signing Up for an Internet Account
After the Internet Connection Wizard has completed step 1, it runsMicrosoft Internet Explorer and displays either the sign-up page for theInternet service provider (ISP) that comes with your computer or a listof providers for you to choose from.
To create an Internet account:
Choose an Internet service provider, if one is not included with your computer.
Complete the sign-up process for the provider. The sign-up process will vary, depending on the provider you use. The sign-up pages for your provider should include instructions that guide you through the sign-up process.
Step 3: Setting Up Your Internet Software
After you have signed up for an Internet account, the InternetConnection Wizard will start a Setup program to install and configurethe Internet software required by your service provider. To set up theInternet software correctly, follow the instructions on the Setupscreen. After your software has been set up, you can begin exploring theInternet.