Vista: how / why to disable IPV6

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Why to Disable IPv6
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  2. Most of our systems are Pre-Vista and have no support for IPv6
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  4. IPv6 is more complicated to administer and configure
  5. IPv6 tunneling of IPv4 data presents a security exposure

HOW to Disable IPv6

Windows XP: Start->Run->cmd /k ipv6 uninstall

Unlike Windows XP, IPv6 in Windows Vista cannot be uninstalled.

To disable IPv6 on a specific connection, you can go to the Network Connections
folder, obtain properties of the connection and clear the check box next to the
Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) component in the list. This method disables
IPv6 on your LAN interfaces and connections, but does not disable IPv6 on tunnel
interfaces or the IPv6 loopback interface.

To selectively disable IPv6 components and configure behaviors for IPv6 in
Windows Vista, create and configure the following registry value (DWORD type)


add DWORD [B]DisabledComponents [/B] set to 0 by default.
The DisabledComponents registry value is a bit mask that controls the following series of flags, starting with the low order bit (Bit 0):

* Bit 0 Set to 1 to disable all IPv6 tunnel interfaces, including ISATAP, 6to4, and Teredo tunnels. Default value is 0
* Bit 1 Set to 1 to disable all 6to4-based interfaces. Default value is 0
* Bit 2 Set to 1 to disable all ISATAP-based interfaces. Default value is 0
* Bit 3 Set to 1 to disable all Teredo-based interfaces. Default value is 0
* Bit 4 Set to 1 to disable IPv6 over all non-tunnel interfaces, including
LAN interfaces and *Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)-based interfaces. Default value is 0
* Bit 5 Set to 1 to modify the default prefix policy table to prefer IPv4 to IPv6
when attempting connections.

Default value is 0

To determine the value of DisabledComponents for a specific set of bits,
construct a binary number consisting of the bits and their values in their correct
position and convert the resulting number to hexadecimal. For example, if you want
to disable 6to4 interfaces, disable Teredo interfaces, and prefer IPv4 to IPv6, you
would construct the following binary number: 101010. When converted to
hexadecimal, the value of DisabledComponents is 0x2A.

The following table lists some common configuration combinations and the
corresponding value of DisabledComponents.

Configuration combination DisabledComponents value
Disable all tunnel interfaces 0x1
Disable 6to4 0x2
Disable ISATAP 0x4
Disable Teredo 0x8
Disable Teredo and 6to4 0xA
Disable all LAN and PPP interfaces 0x10
Disable all LAN, PPP, and tunnel interfaces 0x11
Prefer IPv4 over IPv6 0x20
Disable IPv6 over all interfaces and prefer IPv4 to IPv6 0xFF

You must restart the computer for the changes to the DisabledComponents registry value to take effect.


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IPv6 and Vista!

I have tried all that - it doesn't seem to connect at all - even when I disable everything as denoted in the error message 'an error occured while releasing interface Loopback Pseudo - Interface 1 - The system cannot find the file specified.
The operation faled as no adaptor is in the state permissible for the operationj

What do I do now?

It would be straightforward if it wasn't Vista!
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