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Stepping Through the New Connection Wizard
Windows XP provides the New Connection Wizard, which leads you step by step through the process of getting connected. Using information supplied by your provider, this setup wizard gets you up and running in no time. If you have any problems or questions, contact your Internet service provider.
Follow these steps to start the New Connection Wizard and get connected:
Starting Your Connection
After you finish with the wizard, you connect to the Internet or email by clicking Start and then clicking Internet or E-mail from the Start menu. You'll see your connection prompt (see Figure 5.4). For dial-up accounts, you normally type your username and password. Then, Windows XP dials your provider and connects you to the Internet.
Figure 5.4. Follow the steps to log on to your provider.
You are now ready to start your Internet journey.
Exiting and Disconnecting
When you are not working online, you should exit your mail and browser programs and log off (if you have a dial-up account). To do so, click the Close button for the program window. You are prompted to log off if you have a dial-up connection. If you are prompted to log off, select Yes or Disconnect.
If you are not prompted to log off, right-click the connection icon in the taskbar and select Disconnect (see Figure 5.5).
Figure 5.5. Use the connection icon in the system tray to log off or display connection information.