How to Install the Netbeui Protocol on a Windows XP-Based Computer

This page describes how to install the NetBEUI protocol on a Windows XP-based computer.

NetBEUI is a non-routable protocol suitable for small networks. Support for this protocol in Microsoft Windows has been discontinued. If you are instructed by any product support personnel to install this protocol as a temporary measure, follow the instructions below:

  • Open the following folder in the Windows XP CD: ValueAdd\Msft\Net\Netbeui.

  • Copy nbf.sys into the %SYSTEMROOT%\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\directory.

  • Copy netnbf.inf into the %SYSTEMROOT%\INF\ directory.

  • Open network connection properties and click the "Install..." button to add the NetBEUI protocol.