Appendix L: Wizards in Windows Vista Related to Connecting to the Internet
In This Appendix
Connect to the Internet Wizard
The Connect to the Internet Wizard simplifies the process of connecting an individual computer running Windows Vista to the Internet. Through the Connect to the Internet Wizard, a user can specify the name of an Internet Service Provider (ISP) along with information that the ISP provides, such as a telephone number, user name, and password.
There are a variety of ways to start the Connect to the Internet Wizard, including:
In the Welcome Center that appears after Windows Vista is installed, double-click Connect to the Internet.
Start any program that requires an Internet connection when no Internet connection has yet been configured. An example of such a program is Internet Explorer.
Open Internet Options, and on the Connections tab, click the Setup button. Internet Options can be opened in a variety of ways, including through Internet Explorer (Tools menu) and through Control Panel\Network and Internet\Internet Options.
To make the Setup button unavailable from the Connections tab in Internet Options, enable the Group Policy setting, Disable Internet Connection Wizard. This policy setting is located at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer. Note that this policy makes the Setup button unavailable, but does not prevent the Connect to the Internet Wizard from running.
Open Network and Sharing Center, click Set Up a Connection or Network, click Connect to the Internet, and then click Next. Network and Sharing Center can be opened in a variety of ways, including through Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center.
Add Network Location Wizard
With the Add Network Location wizard, a user can sign up for a service that offers online storage space. The user can use this space to store, organize, and share documents and pictures using only a Web browser and Internet connection. The user can also create shortcuts to a Web site, an FTP site, or other network location.
Note that for a Web-based shortcut to be created through the Add Network Location Wizard, the Web server specified in the shortcut must support the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) protocol and Internet Information Services (IIS). Applications on the computer, for example, Microsoft Office 2003, can provide support for network places, in which case the Web server specified in the shortcut will also work if it supports the Web Extender Client (WEC) protocol and Microsoft FrontPage® Server Extensions. In any case, the user must also have read and write access to the Web server.
For more information about WEC and WebDAV protocols, see “About Web Folder Behaviors” on the MSDN Web site at:
There are multiple ways to start the Add Network Location Wizard. One way is to open Windows Explorer, right-click Network, click Map Network Drive, and then click Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.
Using Group Policy to Control the Add Network Location Wizard
To block users from accessing the Add Network Location Wizard from the Map Network Drive command, you can configure the Remove "Map Network Drive" and "Disconnect Network Drive" Group Policy setting in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer. If you enable this policy setting, the system removes access to the Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive commands that were available, for example, by opening Windows Explorer and right-clicking Network. However, this policy setting does not prevent users from connecting to another computer by typing the name of a shared folder in Explorer or Internet Explorer.
Order Prints Wizard
With the Order Prints Wizard, users can order prints of their pictures online. A user can start the Order Prints Wizard by clicking Start, clicking All Programs or Programs, clicking Windows Photo Gallery, selecting one or more pictures, clicking the Print menu, and then clicking Order Prints. The wizard guides the user through the process of specifying the service that will print the pictures.
Using Group Policy to Control the Order Prints Wizard
You can use Group Policy either to disable the Order Prints Wizard or to prevent the wizard from downloading information about providers (companies that provide services for picture printing) from a Windows Web site. The following list provides details.
|If you want the following policy settings to apply to all users of a computer and come into effect when the computer starts or when Group Policy is refreshed, use the settings as listed. If you want the policy settings to apply to users and come into effect when users log on or when Group Policy is refreshed, configure the same settings in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication settings.|
To disable the Order Prints Wizard: Configure a Group Policy setting in Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication settings. The setting is called Turn off the "Order Prints" picture task.
To prevent the Order Prints Wizard from downloading information about providers (of services for picture printing) from a Windows Web site: By default, the Order Prints wizard displays providers downloaded from a Windows Web site in addition to providers specified in the registry. To prevent this, you can configure a Group Policy setting in Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication settings. The setting is called Turn off Internet download for Web publishing and online ordering wizards.
If you enable this setting, Windows will not download providers, and only the service providers that are stored in the local registry will be displayed. When Windows Vista has been installed but the Order Prints wizard has not yet been used, no service providers are stored in the local registry. If this Group Policy setting is applied at that time, the wizard will not display links to service providers.
For more information about the registry keys in which providers can be specified, see “Registering a Service” at the MSDN Web site at: