Disabling network functionality in XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP Networking' started by regid, Dec 5, 2014.

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    regid

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    Hello, Everyone

    I have a strange one. I need to configure a windows XP environment not to have network capabilities. I have been trying to figure out how to disable that functionality through the registry and gpedit and have been unable to do so.

    • The virtual machine cannot be added to a domain.
    • I cannot disable the network connectivity through the VM host software because it will stop one from adjusting other VM settings that may be necessary (such as comm ports).
    • I have been unable to "ImposeNetworkConnectionRestrictions" as described onw the Windowsnetworking site.
    • I cannot take away administrative rights from the XP user (Yeah, I know.)

    This is causing me great frustration. Please realized that I am very constrained in my options.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Not really clear what you mean exactly.

    Networking is usually applied to the services which manage a group of computers, hard wired together in an office environment, sharing files.

    To turn that off, the chart below includes the services you need to turn off.

    [​IMG]


    Networking is also incorrectly applied to accessing the net. To turn that off, unplug your modem!
     
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    Granted this is an old thread, but I have a solution for anyone coming across the question of disabling network functionality. For a solution concerning the original post, I have absolutely no idea what you're asking.

    I have an application but due to my post count, I can't post the link. If you go to Overclockdotnet's forum and search for "Free Windows XP Network Utility", that's the solution to your problem. It's an application I wrote, and I have a reasonably established reputation there (to show it's not malicious). The application allows you to quickly switch between an enabled and disabled network state (including disabling network services).
     
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    @tmontney

    I downloaded and tested your utility, but my antivirus flagged it for disrupting network, I think it is easier to just unplug my ethernet cable from the back of the pc
     
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    My application is new, so I doubt most AVs will like it. It modifies the registry as well. Again, you still have a considerable amount of services running for no reason. Look at the image JoJo posted. A majority of what's running in the background is devoted to networking. I found on a fresh install disabling everything network related can reduce memory usage from 30 to 50%.
     
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    I really do not have a problem with memory, I generally have several tabs open in firefox, some office docs, sometimes a search box, and a couple of notepads, hardly ever do I get less than 99 on system idle, even with all of the above open.

    Panda free antivirus was a cpu hog so I uninstalled it and went back to 360 Internet security, by Qihoo.

    My services are set to black vipers safe settings for xpsp3 x86
     
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    I guess my application is more for the enthusiasts who want as little running as possible. In my mind, if it doesn't need to be running/serves no purpose, it shouldn't be running.
     
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