Microsoft has discontinued support for the NetBIOS Extended User Interface (NetBEUI) network protocol in Windows XP. The NetBEUI protocol can be found on the Windows XP CD-ROM under the Valueadd folder.

Below describes the process for manually installing the NetBEUI protocol on a computer that is running Windows XP. The NetBEUI files must be manually copied from the Windows XP CD-ROM before NetBEUI will show up in the list of installable network protocols.

Install NetBEUI on Windows XP

The files necessary for installing the NetBEUI protocol on Windows XP are Netnbf.inf and Nbf.sys. Complete the following steps to install NetBEUI:
  • Insert your Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive and then locate the Valueadd\MSFT\Net\NetBEUI folder.

  • Copy Nbf.sys to the %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\Drivers directory.

  • Copy Netnbf.inf to the %SYSTEMROOT%\Inf hidden directory.
  • Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.

  • Right-click the adapter you want to add NetBEUI to, and then click Properties.

  • On the General tab, click Install.

  • Click Protocol, and then click Add.

  • Click to select NetBEUI Protocol from the list and then click OK.

  • Restart your computer if you receive a message to do so to complete the installation.

  • The NetBEUI protocol should now be installed and working.

    NOTE: %SYSTEMROOT% is a Windows environment variable that identifies the directory where Windows XP is installed (for example, C:\Windows).