Prepare for Internet Sign-up

If you are an Internet service provider (ISP), you can use the Windows® Internet Explorer® Customization Wizard 8 to specify how your customers will sign up with your service and connect to the Internet.


The Internet sign-up option is not available for the Windows Vista® operating system.

You can choose one of the following options for Internet sign-up:

  • Server-based sign-up package using kiosk mode. This method requires a sign-up server. You create server solutions that exchange information with the browser in kiosk (full-screen) mode, without toolbar buttons showing. For more information, see Internet Sign-up Using Kiosk Mode.

  • Server-based sign-up package using the Internet Connection Wizard. This method requires a sign-up server. You create server solutions that exchange information with the screens of the wizard. For more information, see Internet Sign-up Using the Internet Connection Wizard.


    This method does not apply to the Windows Vista operating system.

  • Serverless sign-up package. This method does not require a sign-up server. Instead, the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8 prompts you to provide dialing, gateway, and password information to control the sign-up process. You can also test your sign-up page from this wizard. For more information, see Implement Serverless (Client-Based) Sign-up.

  • No sign-up. You should use this method if you do not want users to go through a sign-up procedure when they install their custom browser. This option may be helpful for your customers who are using cable modems.

We recommend that, if possible, you use one of the server-based sign-up methods. Settings are easier to change on the server than on the client computer. Of the two server-based options, we recommend the Internet Connection Wizard method because it uses a standard wizard interface that can be customized to fit your needs.

This section of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 8 (IEAK 8) documentation contains information about the following:

Sample code in the IEAK Toolkit

Customizable solutions for Internet sign-up are located in the IEAK Toolkit in the subfolders at <systemdrive>:\Program Files\Windows IEAK 8\toolkit\isp. The code is provided in Active Server Page format (.asp files) as well as in Perl format (.pl files), which enables you to build an Internet Connection Wizard sign-up process for Web servers on different operating systems. If you use the sample code, simply integrate the sign-up server with your registration and billing systems. If you are participating in the Windows Referral Server Program, the sign-up server code is similar for both IEAK sign-up and Referral Server registrations.


Because the IEAK solution includes multiple Internet sign-up (.isp) files for different customer needs, you must also include the Dynamic HTML Data Binding component in your custom package.

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