Faulty 'Microsoft TCP/IP version 6' network protocol

In Windows XP

My name is Bruce A. Johnson.  I'm a computer tech.  I help people in my area with their computer problems (See: http://BruceJohnson.ca/).

In Windows XP, Microsoft has a network protocol called Microsoft TCP/IP version 6.  I have personally encountered two separate problems caused by this network protocol:

The protocol is meant to let Windows XP access the next generation of IP addresses (IP6), which is not yet in widespread use.  Until Microsoft solves the problems with this protocol, then I recommend that people uninstall it.

Uninstall "Microsoft TCP/IP version 6" network protocol:
  1. Go to: Control Panel: Network and Internet Connections: Network Connections
  2. Right click "Local Area Connection", choose "Properties"
  3. In the General tab, look in the box that says, "This connection uses the following items:"
  4. Find Microsoft TCP/IP version 6, select it, uncheck it, then click on the "Uninstall" button.
  5. It may take some time to do it, but when it is done, it will prompt you to restart your computer.  Do so.

2008-Apr-23 Update
I just found out that Microsoft has been "pushing" an update to install this faulty protocol to Windows XP users.  I don't know if it is a "high priority" update or not.  If you use dial-up for your Internet, you definitely will need to uninstall this protocol, and make sure that Windows Update or Microsoft Update does not install it again!

 

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