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Configure LMHOSTS Lookup Options (Windows NT/2000/XP)

The LMHOSTS file is used within Windows networking to specify domain resolution and lookup information. These settings allow you to configure the use of the LMHOSTS file.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create or modify the following DWORD values as necessary:

EnableLMHOSTS - 1 = enable LMHOSTS use, 0 = disable

MaxPreLoad - specify the number of #PRE entries to load (default = 100)

NodeType - specify the WINS query type

  • 1 = if no WINS servers are configured (B-node/broadcast)
  • 4 = perform a broadcast before querying name servers (M-mode/mixed)
  • 8 = at least one WINS server is configured (H-node/queries)

    Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

    Registry Editor Example
    |(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
    |EnableLMHOSTSREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    |MaxPreLoadREG_DWORD0x000000c8 (200)|
    |NodeTypeREG_DWORD0x00000008 (8)|
    Registry Settings
    System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Parameters]
    Value Name: EnableLMHOSTS, MaxPreLoad, NodeType
    Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

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  • Last modified: May 21, 2003