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I have a small Windows 98 network running TCP/IP and NetBEUI.  On one computer, when I choose “Network Neighborhood”, the default dial up connection get activated and it wants to connect to my ISP without Outlook or Internet Explorer running.  How do I turn this off?
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Check your connection settings in Internet Explorer.  In IE 5.x, go to Tools-->Internet Options-->Connections (I don't think it's much different for IE4).  From here you can run the Windows Internet Connection Wizard, can add Dial-Up settings, and you can configure dial-up options, security checks, and LAN settings.  Under the list of radio button choices for Never Dial, Dial whenever a network connection is not present, or Always dial my default connection.  Since Internet Explorer and Windows 95/98 are so integrated - selecting Always dial makes your system thinks it needs to dial the modem to make a remote access (RAS) connection to the network (yep - even when IE, Outlook, Exchange, etc are turned off because the data used is actually stored in the registry).  You can tinker with the default dial-ups, etc and may want to seek help from your ISP in determining what works for you. If you have Dial whenver a network connection is not present set - and your system starts dialing - if you are in fact on a network you would want to check your NIC and the NIC's drivers including settings or problems you might spot in Device Manager, check your cabling, or maybe you have other network issues?  If you have Never Dial (which I doubt since you have an ISP it sounds like) - and it still dials, then you have a corrupted registry and you need to reinstall IE 4.x or 5.x - whatever you have.  I work in technical support and get at least 2 to 3 calls from frustrated network users who encounter this weird phenomenon - I agree it is inconvenient especially where the combination of network and RAS dial-ups for ISP connections are concerned.  Let us know if this helps.  Thanks!
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Also in ie5,
tools - internet options - settings
select the DUN connection that you use and click settings. At the bottom there is a check box for dont allow any programs to use this connection. make sure this is checked off
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Setting to "never dial connection"  seem to have doen the trick.  From this machine we are not surfing anyway, just e-mail.  The operator now ties this into installing an Autodesk demo that requires some IE4 stuff.

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