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Manage Network Bridge Feature (Windows XP)

Windows XP includes a new feature called Network Bridge, which lets you connect disparate media types into one seamless network. This tweak allows you to control forwarding and settings associated with this feature.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create or modify the DWORD values from the table and set them to "1" to disable the feature, or "0" (default) to enable it.

  • DisableForwarding - disable forwarding
  • DisableSTA - disable spanning tree algorithm
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: This Microsoft article provides further information on the Windows XP Network Bridging feature: http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/pro/techinfo/administration/homenetbridge/default.asp

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DisableForwardingREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisableSTAREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BridgeM...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BridgeMP]
Value Name: DisableForwarding, DisableSTA
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = disable features)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: January 1, 2003