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Windows Millennium Setup

These simple instructions will serve to help you configure Windows ME to use the Internet through Texas.Net. You may need your Windows installation CD.


If you are using Window ME or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or 5, do not install using the Texas.Net Installation CD. Follow these setup instructions instead.

PART A - Configure the Network

  1. Click on 'Start | Settings | Control Panel'.

  2. Double-click on the Network icon.

    You must have at least three items listed in order to connect to Texas.Net. You need 'Client for Microsoft Networks', 'Dial-Up Adapter' and 'TCP/IP'.

  3. If you're missing...

    • 'Dial-Up Adapter', click on 'Add', select 'Adapter' and click on 'Add'. Choose 'Microsoft' on the left, and 'Dial-Up Adapter' on the right. Click on 'OK'.
    • 'TCP/IP', click on 'Add', select 'Protocol' and click on 'Add'. Choose 'Microsoft' on the left, and 'TCP/IP' on the right. Click on 'OK'.
    • 'Client for Microsoft Networks', click on 'Add', select 'Client' and click on 'Add'. Choose 'Microsoft' on the left, and 'Client for Microsoft Networks' on the right. Click on 'OK'.

  4. If you're on a Local Area Network (LAN), check with your local Network Administrator before performing this step. If your computer is not connected to other computers, it is safe to proceed.

    If you have listed 'Client for Netware Networks', 'IPX/SPX Compatible Protocol', 'NetBEUI', Internet Connection Sharing, or any other entries not listed above, click on each one in turn and click on 'Remove' to remove them.

  5. Under 'Primary Network Logon' make sure that 'Windows Logon' is selected from the pulldown menu.

  6. Double-click on 'Client for Microsoft Networks'. Make sure nothing is checked under 'Logon validation'. Under 'Network logon options', select 'Quick logon'. Click on 'OK'.

  7. Double-click on 'TCP/IP'.

    A warning message might appear advising that "You have asked to change TCP/IP properties for a dialup adapter." Click 'OK' if this message does appear.

    Under the 'DNS Configuration' tab, make sure 'Enable DNS' is selected. Then:

    • For 'Host', enter a name for your computer consisting of a single word. Your Texas.Net username will work fine here.

    • For 'Domain', type:

    • Under 'DNS Server Search Order':

      • If you are dialing into Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Spring, Georgetown, or Dripping Springs type and click on 'Add'. Then type and click on 'Add' again.

      • If you are dialing into San Antonio, New Braunfels, Bandera, or Boerne type and click on 'Add'. Then type and click on 'Add' again.

    • Under 'Domain Suffix Search Order', type and click on 'Add'.

    Click on 'OK'.

  8. Click on the 'Identification' tab. Make sure the fields for 'Computer Name' and 'Workgroup' are completed (they don't need to be anything particular, just filled in).

  9. Click on 'OK'. Restart your computer even if you are not prompted to do so. ('Start | Shutdown | Restart')

PART B - Create Texas.Net Connection Icon

  1. Click on 'Start | Settings | Dial-Up Networking'.

    If you aren't prompted to create your connection, double-click on 'Make New Connection'.

  2. When asked to enter a name for this connection, enter 'TexasNet'. Make sure the modem listed is correct and click on Next.

  3. Enter the phone number for the Texas.Net dialup in your area. Numbers are listed in your startup kit. A complete list of Texas.Net dialup numbers can also be found on our Contact Info page. If you are in an area that uses 10 digit local dialing, leave the area code field blank and put all 10 digits in the phone number field. Click on Next. Then click on Finish.

  4. Click with the right mouse button on your new Texas.Net connection icon. Select 'Properties' from the menu.

  5. If 'Use area code and Dialing Properties' is selected, click to deselect it. Make sure the Texas.Net dialup number appears just as you would dial it.

  6. Click on the Networking tab.

    Type of Dial-Up Server should be:

    • PPP: Internet, Windows 2000/NT, Windows ME

    Advanced options:

    • Enable Software Compression should be checked.
    • (Nothing else here should be checked)

    Allowed network protocols:

    • TCP/IP should be checked.
    • (Nothing else here should be checked)

  7. Click on TCP/IP Settings.

    'Server Assigned IP Address' should be selected.

    'Specify Name Server Addresses' should be selected.

    • If you are dialing into our Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Spring, Georgetown, or Dripping Springs lines:
      • Under 'Primary DNS' enter
      • Under 'Secondary DNS' enter

    • If you are dialing into our San Antonio, New Braunfels, Bandera, or Boerne lines:
      • Under 'Primary DNS' enter
      • Under 'Secondary DNS' enter

    • Both 'Primary WINS' and 'Secondary WINS' should be

    'Use IP Header Compression' and 'Use Default Gateway' should be checked.

  8. Click on 'OK' and 'OK' again, until you are back to the Dialup-Networking screen.

  9. Click and hold the right mouse button over the Texas.Net icon, and 'drag' it to an empty spot on your desktop. When you release the right mouse button, select 'Create Shortcut' from the menu that appears.

PART C - Connect to Texas.Net

  1. Double-click on the Texas.Net icon on your desktop.

  2. Enter your login name as it appears on your startup kit.
    Enter your password exactly as it appears in your startup kit Watch for L's that look like 1's (ones) and O's that look like 0's (zeros). Also check to be sure that you're entering capital and lower-case letters appropriately.

  3. Verify that the phone number listed is exactly how you would normally dial it. A complete list of Texas.Net dialup number can be found in the Contact Info section.

    Most versions of Windows will allow you to check the 'Save Password' field, which will allow you to connect to Texas.Net in the future without having to re-enter your password. Normally, this option will become available after your first successful connection with Texas.Net.

  4. Click on Connect. This will dial and connect you to the Internet.

PART D - Install and Configure a Web Browser and Email Program

Texas.Net supports a wide variety of popular internet applications, including both the Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Netscape Navigator. Texas.Net also supports several programs for email and Usenet News.

If you do not have a preference in web browsers or email programs, we recommend that you

If you prefer to use a different web browser or email program, and the software is already on your computer, here are simple instructions on how to configure several other popular internet programs. Our supported software includes:
If you wish to use one of these programs and it is not yet installed on your computer, you can download it from the Texas.Net Internet Software Page.

If you can't find the answers you're looking for here or you have a suggestion for something that needs to be added to this documentation, please feel free to send a message to our Technical Support staff.

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