IPv4 Advanced WINS Tab

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use the settings on this tab for this network connection only if you are not using the Obtain an IP address automatically on the General tab.

WINS addresses, in order of use lists the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) servers that TCP/IP queries to resolve network basic input/output system (NetBIOS) names. WINS servers are queried in the order in which they are listed here.

Enable LMHOSTS lookup specifies whether an Lmhosts file is used to resolve the NetBIOS names of remote computers to an IP address.

Click Import LMHOSTS to import a file into the Lmhosts file. The Lmhosts file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers\Etc folder on a Windows-based computer. There is also a sample Lmhosts file (Lmhosts.sam) in this folder. When you import LMHOSTS from a file, the original Lmhosts file is not appended to, but is overwritten by the new file.

NetBIOS setting specifies whether this network connection obtains the setting to enable or disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) from a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server.

When an IP address is automatically obtained, the Default option is selected so that this computer uses the NetBT setting as optionally provided by the DHCP server when this computer obtains an IP address and configuration lease. If the Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) DHCP option is provided by the DHCP server, the value of the option determines whether NetBT is enabled or disabled. If the Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) DHCP option is not provided by the DHCP server, NetBT is enabled.

If you are manually configuring an IP address, selecting Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP enables NetBT. This option is not available for dial-up connections.


To configure advanced WINS properties

  1. In WINS addresses, in order of use, click Add, type the address of the WINS server, and then click Add.

  2. Repeat step 1 for each WINS server IP address you want to add, and then click OK.

To enable the use of the Lmhosts file to resolve remote NetBIOS names

  • Select the Enable LMHOSTS lookup check box. This option is enabled by default.

To specify the location of the file that you want to import into the Lmhosts file

  • Click Import LMHOSTS, and then select the file in the Open dialog box.

To enable or disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

  • To enable the use of NetBIOS over TCP/IP, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

  • To disable the use of NetBIOS over TCP/IP, click Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

  • To have the DHCP server determine whether NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled or disabled, click Default.

Additional references

For updated detailed IT pro information about TCP/IP versions 4 and 6, see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=117437 and https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=71543.