Use in Windows XP

How to use PPPoE in a Windows XP environment?

PPPoE is natively available in Windows XP environment. Following are the steps you need to take to start using it:
1. Access the ‘Control panel’ via start button on the screen
2. Click on the ‘Network & Internet connections’
3. Now click the ‘Network Connections’
4. Click ‘Create a New Connection’ now
5. Click ‘Next’
6. Uncheck the ‘Connect to the Internet’ followed by clicking ‘Next’
7. Uncheck the ‘Set up my Connection Manually’ followed by clicking ‘Next’
8. Uncheck the ‘Connect using a Broadband Connection that requires a Username and Password’ followed by clicking ‘Next’
9. Enter your Internet Service Provider’s name, followed by clicking ‘Next’
10. Type in your User ID which was provided to you by your ISP. Please note that you may also need to include the ISPs domain name as a part of the entered user ID. For instance, in case of Verizon service, the customers to enter something like
11. Type in your password which was provided by your ISP. Type it in again to confirm. Uncheck the ‘Use this Account Name’ and then uncheck ’Make this the Default Internet Connection’, followed by clicking ‘Next’
12. Uncheck the ‘Add a shortcut to this Connection to your Desktop’, followed by clicking ‘Next’
13. Click the ‘Connect’ button now
14. Start browsing!

Please keep in mind that many times step 9 doesn’t work as expected for people. You may see the User id and Password options grayed out. In that case, enter those details by clicking the dial-up option and then start over again. The PPPoE connection can also be created without bringing wizard into play. Simply go to ‘Show all Connections’ and then click on the ‘Create New Connection’ option.

How to automatically log into PPPoE during boot-up in Windows XP?

1. Open the Control Panel and then click on ‘Network Connections’
2. Now right click on your subscribed broadband connection and then select ‘Properties’
3. Uncheck the option ‘Prompt for Name and Password…’
4. Now click ‘Ok’
5. Click on ‘My Computer’ on your desktop and access the following folder: ‘C:/Documents and Settings’
6. Click on ‘All Users’ folder and open it
7. Click on ‘Start Menu’ folder and open it
8. Click on ‘Programs’ folder and open it
9. In the programs folder, click on ‘Startup’
10. Grab a shortcut of your subscribed broadband connection. You can access it from inside the ‘Network Connections’ folder. Copy that short-cut inside the ‘Startup’ folder.

You can try the following in case the above-detailed steps don’t work for you:
- Create and place a shortcut of your subscribed broadband connection on your desktop
- Click on the ‘Start’ menu, then on ‘Programs’, then on ‘System Tools’ and then on ‘Scheduled Tasks’
- Now double click on the ‘Add Scheduled Task’
- Click on the ‘Next’ button
- Click on the ‘Browse’ button and then browse to the location of the shortcut you had just created and pasted on your desktop. Select that short-cut and then click on ‘Open’.
- Now click ‘When my Computer Starts’
- Click on the ‘Next’ button now
- At this point enter your PC administrator’s Username and Password. In case you don’t use any password for logging into the system, just leave it blank. Now click on the ‘Next’ button and then click ‘Finish’. And you’re done!