How to Get Ipx/Spx on Windows Vista

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How to Get Ipx/Spx on Windows Vista
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IPX/SPX stands for "Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange" and refers to a networking protocol used primarily by Novell software and some legacy computer games. Newer versions of Microsoft Windows such as Windows Vista do not include support for the IPX/SPX networking protocol. To use the IPX/SPX network protocol while running Windows Vista, you'll need to download the protocol from the Internet and configure it from within the network connection properties window.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Download the IPX/SPX Network Protocol and save the file on your hard drive.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded "" file and extract the contents to the root directory of your hard drive.

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel." Click "Network and Internet," then click "Network and Sharing Center." Click "Manage Network Connections."

  4. 4

    Right-click the Local Area Connection icon and choose "Properties."

  5. 5

    Click the "Install" or "Add..." button. Click "Have Disk."

  6. 6

    Type "x:\windows\inf\" where "x" is the letter assigned to your hard drive, and click "OK."

  7. 7

    Select the "NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS" option from the network protocol list and click "OK." Vista will display a message indicating that the publisher could not be verified.

  8. 8

    Click "Install" to install the IPX/SPX network protocol. After installation, the protocol will display in the Local Area Connection Properties window.

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