JSI Tip 5124. Windows XP tries to dial a connection when you start your computer or you start a program?

The subject behavior may occur if any of the following are true:

- The autodial feature is enabled. Autodial is enabled by default.

- The program that you start is designed to check the Web for updates.

- Your Startup folder contains a program that dials your ISP.

- The registry RUN key contains a program that dials your ISP.

To disable autodial:

01. Use Control Panel to open Network Connections (or Network and Internet Connection / Network Connections).

02. On the Advanced menu, press Dial-up Preferences.

03. Select the Autodial tab.

04. Clear the check boxes under Enable autodial by location.

05. Check the Always ask me before autodialing box.

06. Check the Disable autodial while I am logged on box.

07. Press OK and close the Network Connections dialog.

08. Shutdown and restart Windows XP.

If a program tries to dial, use MSConfig to troubleshoot it.

You can configure Internet Explorer not to connect by using a modem:

1. Open one instance of Internet Explorer.

2. On the Tools menu, press Internet Options.

3. Select the Connections tab.

4. Check Never dial a connection.

5. Press Apply and OK.

You can set the Autoconnect value in the registry to zero:

1. Use the Registry Editor to navigate to:


2. Double-click the Autoconnect Value Name, a REG_DWORD data type, and set the data value to 0.

3. Exit the Registry Editor.

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