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How can I disable Windows XP's automatic metric feature?

A. To disable XP's automatic metric feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Network Connections dialog box (go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, and select the Network Connections applet).
  2. Right-click the desired link, then select Properties.
  3. Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)," then click Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced button.
  5. Clear "Automatic metric," then enter a metric value between 1 and 9999.
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  6. Click OK to all dialog boxes.
  7. Ensure that the change has taken effect by typing
    route print
    at the command prompt.
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