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.
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Download the IPX/SPX Network Protocol and save the file on your hard drive.
Double-click the downloaded "IPX-SPX.zip" file and extract the contents to the root directory of your hard drive.
Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel." Click "Network and Internet," then click "Network and Sharing Center." Click "Manage Network Connections."
Right-click the Local Area Connection icon and choose "Properties."
Click the "Install" or "Add..." button. Click "Have Disk."
Type "x:\windows\inf\" where "x" is the letter assigned to your hard drive, and click "OK."
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.
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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