Unable to PING XP desktop

Howsit!

Here is a problem we ran into recently.

Trying to setup RDP to an XP machine and it failed every time we tried.  Anti-virus was turned off.  Network connections were checked.  We had run through most of the list when we came upon this little message:

Windows Firewall error message

Gotta love specific error messages :/

As it turns out there are a few issues first off:
Open Command Prompt and run:
Rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf

This will register the DLL.  Then:

Reboot the computer
Open Command Prompt and run:
Netsh firewall reset
Open Services.msc
Start the “Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)” service

The full credit for this pearl of knowledge goes out to the team at Cistel Technologies Inc – Jamie and Mits were the go-to guys for this and they got ‘er done like always 🙂