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Stop Dial-up Prompt

By: Arie Slob

Windows XP will in many cases prompt you to dial your connection. For example if you are reading your email while you are "Off Line", and you hit a HTML email which has a link to a picture, XP will ask you to dial your ISP.

Even if you have set the option Never dial a connection in Internet Explorers Tools > Options > Connections, Windows XP can continue to bug you with this.

The answer? A new setting, you can find here:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel
  2. Click Network and Internet Connections, next click Network Connections
  3. From the menu, choose Advanced > Dial-up Preferences, and uncheck the Autodial check box for your location under Enable autodial by location

Stop Dial-up Prompt

If you want Windows XP to dial-up "on demand", but don't want to be prompted, just uncheck the box Always ask me before autodialing.