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Disable network connection on Windows startup

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Hi, I am looking to set my network connection to no longer start up on Windows Startup.  I would like for it to
only start-up when I right click and select enable.  How can I go about this?
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by:DarkXiphoid
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try disabling the network connection in Network Neighborhood. Right click the connection you use and select disable. Enable the connection again when you need to use it. hope that helps.
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by:List244
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I know how to disable it, but I want it never to start up when Windows does.  I want it to be disabled on startup not
to disable it on startup.  And I want it to be disabled on startup no matter what, so whether or not it was enabled
on last shutdown.  (Again I don't want it to disable on start-up I want it to never enable on start-up)
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Right clicking and selecting Disable will stop the device from being loaded at start up.
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by:List244
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Craylord, that is true, but if I enable it and shutdown it will not.  I need something which will force it NEVER to start the
connection with windows.  I want it to always load disabled.
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by:craylord
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This reminds me of the "Doctor, it hurts when I do this." joke. Why not just disable it?

Anyhow, here you go.

http://groups.google.co.uk/group/microsoft.public.scripting.vbscript/msg/2b3fab1141c6c93e?dmode=source&hl=en
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Correction - *Why not just disable when you shut down?
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by:List244
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Craylord (I have not yet checked the links), disabling it when shutting down is much more difficult than any one-time process.
It is very difficult to ensure the connection be disabled before a shutdown.  Computers can have unplanned shut-downs, users
on computers may not know of the want for this disabling, users may forget.. etc.. So when you ask why not disable it, you
can see there is a good reason, that method is simply not reliable enough.
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by:List244
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Cray, these do not seem to be what I need.  What I really need is to find some setting which allows me to stop
the enabling of the network device.  However, I do not want there to be any services stopped.  I want it so that
turning on the internet is as simple as right-clicking the connection and saying enable.  While not having to worry
about disabling it before a shutdown.
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by:Silly_Burrito
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Just unplug and replug the network cable!
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by:List244
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That has the same problems as disabling before shutting down.  It is really difficult to ensure this is done for each
shutdown or startup.
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Download a firewall set it to block internet connection.

Enable it when you want internet.

For instance:

I use Symantec Internet security, when you disable firewall you chose: untill next reboot

then you have internet, you'll just have to configure it so it blocks everything when it's on.

I heard Zone Alarm can do it too.

If you need more info lemme know
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by:List244
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I can already enable and disable my connection alright.  I was hoping for a way to configure it never to auto-enable.
From the responses given to this point, I am assuming there is no such way?
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Yes there is, but no easy way.

You should script or use a firewall.
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Good news and bad news. You can't just have it start disabled everytime unless you tell the system at shutdown time to disable it.

Good news, somewhat. You will need to add a shutdown script with this line

sc config netman start= disabled

The script that the user will need to run to enable the connection during their session should look like this.

sc config netman start= auto
net start netman

Professionally I'm scratching my head wondering what benefits you think will be gained? What kind of environment will this be involved in - domain or nondomain? I manage several hundred desktops and this would only cause confusion to the end user. Secondly it will make those systems unmanagable with GPO and domain scripts would not run. Lastly, the first thing the user is going to do is enable the network connection and leave it enable the whole time. Just a curiosity?
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by:List244
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Really, there is no need for this, I just figured if I could get the connection disabled on startup I could stop some of the
programs which rely on the internet from running at startup (To speed the start-up process)  Then just have them load
up if/when the internet actually started.  Because often times there is no need for the internet.  Maybe I will just disable
the programs anyway and create a shortcut which can launch them all when needed instead.
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