Set up a dialup connection in Windows

To setup a Vista dialup connection is very similar to XP. But, to find where to get started is different. Also, the command “inetwiz” has been removed from the OS.

First, you can go into the Control Panel, then Network and Sharing Center. On the left side panel, select “Setup a Connection or Network”.

Select “Setup a dial-up connection” and click “Next”

Enter the local telephone number to dial into your ISP. Then, enter your user name and password. If you think you made a mistake on the password, you can click “Show characters” to see the password in plain text. If you don’t want to type the password everytime you want to connect, check “Remember this password”. You can name the connection if you want, as well.

Finally, if you have multiple accounts on the machine, you can select “Allow other people to use this connection”. Click “Create”

The next window will show that your internet connection is ready to use!

Dustin is the Head Editor of MSTechPages and has been awarded the 2011 Microsoft Community Contributor award. He is in the process of finishing up a book about Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks. Also, a free ebook for Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts is available on this site, with more printable "cheat sheets" coming soon. You can also find him in the Microsoft Community forums (also as a Community Moderator), Tech Support Guy forums, HardForum, and The Windows Club forums, among several others.
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  • Boyd Thomison

    This is nice info, but when I select “Setup a dial-up connection”, it says it can’t find any modems.

    Yet my modem is in device manager and passes all diag tests.