Windows 7 - Do I need NETBIOS and the LMHOSTS file?

Asked By Tony on 18-Mar-08 01:44 PM
I've got a home network, a WinXP and a Win2000 computer connected via wired LAN, and a
WinXP laptop connected via WiFi. I'm using a Linksys WRT150N router.

All I need are internet access for all computers (I'm using Comcast), and file/printer
sharing between all computers.

For all computers, in my Advanced TCP/IP Settings, do I need to have Enable NetBIOS over
TCP/IP? Or should it be disabled? Or use the Default option of Use NetBIOS setting from
the DHCP server?

Also, do  I need to Enable LMHOSTS lookup?


Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] replied on 18-Mar-08 01:47 PM
Yes, unless you do not want to use IP addresses or deal with hosts files

Since you are using your router for DHCP (and not a Windows server) see

Stick with the defaults.
Tony replied on 18-Mar-08 02:00 PM
Thanks, Lanwench, for the quick reply!!!

Can I ask you, what are the recommended settings for the DNS tab under Advanced TCP/IP
settings? These settings had been messed with and I don't know what the defaults for my
situation should be.
Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] replied on 18-Mar-08 02:52 PM
If you use DHCP you shouldn't see any DNS servers in there - nor much of
anything. Since you don't have an internal DNS server don't worry about the
DNS suffix stuff. If you aren't having any problems, I'd just stick with
what you've got now :)