IP address looks in a hexadecimal format in Command window

Am a bit surprised with this that when I go to command in XP and use ipconfig/all to see all the network adapters listed i found something strange that am not familiar with against ipaddress, like,
fe80::20e:3f55:fe44:a7e0%4, so what in the world is this. I had been listening of 128 bit ip address format, is it something to do with it or what this hexadecimal figure is for, can someone answer please?????
sallu_999Asked:
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Rob WilliamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
By the way you probably have no need of IPV6 and can remove it by going to; control panel | network connections | highlight  "Microsoft TCP/IP version 6" and then click uninstall
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
This is likely new IPV6 IP addressing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPv6#Network_notation

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sallu_999Author Commented:
Its not there, I mean i dont find Microsoft TCP/IP version 6" in the specified location?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sorry wasn't quite right location:
control panel | network connections | RIGHT CLICK ON THE NETWORK ADAPTER AND CHOOSE PROPERTIES | highlight  "Microsoft TCP/IP version 6" IN THE LIST and then click uninstall
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sallu_999Author Commented:
How did it install when I never installed it, n when do i need this ipv6?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
It was likely installed with your network adapter drivers by default. Seems some of the newer ones do this.

The Internet is running out of IP addresses so the old system IPV4 will be replaced at some point using IPV6, which allows for a much greater number of addresses. As to when this will take place, I am afraid I don't know, but it is not for a while.
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sallu_999Author Commented:
So the typical address i had mentioned earlier was the ipv6 format or was it something else? But IPv6 is just 128bit without hexadicmal characters, then y did that had aphanumerical characters in it?? it should only have numbers!!
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sorry but I am not familiar with the notation and it's use. The link I provided should give you some more details. There are some reserved/special notations which result in some "interesting" notations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPv6#Special_addresses
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sallu_999Author Commented:
Oh thanks a lot, i will read it. Your answers are appreciated.Thanx again.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Very welcome
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