Windows 2000 Notes

Tips for resolving specific issues with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server.

Important: As always, before updating or modifying any part of Windows or using any of these tips:

  1. Backup your data.
  2. Backup your Registry files.
  3. Create an Emergency Boot disk that include the drivers for your CD-ROM drive.
  4. Read the documentation for each update before you attempt to install it.
  5. Use these tips at your own risk.
  6. Read the Legal Information.

All of the information, instructions, and recommendations on this web site are offered on a strictly "as is" basis. Remember "Murphy's Law."


  1. Unable to add a shared printer using Add Printer Wizard
  2. Disable AutoPlay / Auto Insert Notification
  3. How to Enable IP Forwarding in Windows 2000

Unable to add a shared printer using Add Printer Wizard

Unable to add a shared printer on Windows 2000 Professional using the Add Printer Wizard. The wizard says that it is unable to find the printer.


  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. browse to the server that the printer is shared from
  3. right click on the printer
  4. select “Connect.”

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Disable AutoPlay

To disable AutoPlay, otherwise known as Auto Insert Notification, on Windows 2000...

  1. Click the Start button followed by selecting "Run".
  2. Type in "gpedit.msc" and click OK.
  3. Click and expand "Computer Configuration", followed by "Administrative Template", followed by "System".
  4. Double click "Disable Autoplay" and then select "Enable" followed by clicking "OK".

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How to Enable IP forwarding in Windows 2000

To enable a multihomed Windows 2000 box to act as an IP router, you must perform the following steps:
  1. Start regedit.exe
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
  3. Double-click IPEnableRouter
  4. Set the value to 1, then Click OK
  5. Close regedit
  6. Reboot the computer

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