Back to the time of Windows XP, from Properties dialog of my Wireless Connection, I can enable sharing and then select LAN network from the Drop Down List and boom, I can share it with my friend. We just need a LAN cable (either cross or not-cross is OK) and his Laptop will get an auto IP to gain access to internet.

But now with the new Windows 7, everything starts to suck. I cannot see the Drop Down List any more in the sharing panel and my friends Laptop cannot get an automatic IP anymore.

Am I doing anything wrong over there? How can I gain back the peace I used to have with Windows XP?

  • "now with the new Windows 7, everything starts to suck." it's called 'progress' :)
    – Molly7244
    Jan 23, 2010 at 17:40

1 Answer 1


From the Windows 7 help on Internet Connection Sharing:

To enable ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), on your host computer:

  • Click to open Network Connections.

  • Right-click the connection that you want to share, and then click Properties. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  • Click the Sharing tab, and then select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection check box.


    • The Sharing tab won't be available if you have only one network connection.

    • You can choose whether to select the Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection check box.

    • Optionally, to allow other network users to use services running on your network, click Settings, and then select the services you want to allow.

  • The Windows 7 behavior is a bit funny for me. If I enable some services in the Settings dialog, then the sharing will work as it should. But if I don't check any service, then there's no automatic IP anymore, the sharing won't work. Thanks. Jan 24, 2010 at 3:22

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