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The AppleTalk Protocol Is Not Available in Windows XP

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article was previously published under Q305989
Support for the AppleTalk protocol has been discontinued in Windows XP. This protocol is not available to install in Windows XP.

If you upgrade from a previous version of Microsoft Windows with the AppleTalk protocol installed, the Compatibility Wizard displays the following message:
The currently installed AppleTalk Protocol is not compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and will be required to be uninstalled for the upgrade to proceed. This protocol is removed from this new version of Windows.

For more information about this, 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 XP protocols Compatibility List at the Microsoft Web site.
If you have printers or workstations that require access to resources by using this network protocol, you may be able to use any of the following options:
  • Services for Macintosh on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based server will continue to offer connectivity for these devices and resources.
  • Convert or upgrade your network printers to support the TCP/IP protocol. This network protocol is supported by current versions of Macintosh and Microsoft operating systems.
  • Install a third-party AppleTalk solution.
The following third-party software is known to support Windows XP:
  • PC MACLAN by Miramar Systems
NOTE: If you encounter any issues with the third-party products that are mentioned in this article, please contact the manufacturer of that product for support. Verify with the manufacturer which versions of their products are supported with Windows XP.

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

Article ID: 305989 - Last Review: 10/18/2001 09:30:00 - Revision: 1.1

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