How to Enable a WINS Proxy

By Lysis

A Windows Internet Names Service (WINS) is a component on a Microsoft network used to resolve name queries. A WINS proxy is a server machine that resolves names of computers to the location on the network, similar to pinging an IP address. WINS has mainly been replaced by TCP/IP networks, but it's still a viable option for older, small networks that have only a few computers connected. You can enable a WINS server using the registry editor.

Step 1

Click the Windows Start button and select \"Run.\" In the text box displayed, enter \"regedit\" and press the \"Ok\" button.

Step 2

Navigate to the \"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\ Netbt\\Parameters\" directory. This holds the WINS proxy settings.

Step 3

Right-click the \"EnableProxy\" key and select \"Modify.\" In the popup box, enter \"1\" and click the \"Ok\" button.

Step 4

Close the Windows registry and reboot the machine. Changes made to the registry don't take effect until you reboot the Windows machine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Changes to the Windows registry should be made with caution. Make a backup of the registry before making major changes to the operating system settings.

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