Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 894564 contains the following summary and introduction:
SUMMARYYou may have several network connections that are connected to different networks. Or, you may have a program that uses the first connection in the network connections list. You may want to make sure that a certain network connection is at the top of the list.
When you install Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000, the order of the connections may vary depending on how the network adapters are enumerated.
You can use the methods that are described in this article to reorder adapters and bindings and to change the interface metric on the network adapters. This article describes how to perform the following tasks:
|•||Change the binding order of network adapters|
|•||Change the interface metric on a network adapter|
|•||Create a fixed metric by changing the InterfaceMetric registry value|
|•||Set the interface metric by using a script|
|•||Influence the binding order in Windows XP during unattended setup|
|•||Change the network provider order|