Tethering Android to Windows XP

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    Tethering Android to Windows XP

    Google advises a procedure for USB tethering of an Android phone to a Win XP computer:

    Android Devices: Tethering and Portable Wi-Fi Hotspots - Android OS Help

    Essentially it says:

    "Windows XP contains the drivers you need to take advantage of USB tethering, but you must install a configuration file before connecting your phone to your Windows XP computer, to instruct Windows XP how to configure itself to use those drivers."


    1. When Windows XPís New Hardware Wizard opens, select No, not at this time and click Next.
    2. Select Install from a list or specific location and click Next.
    3. Click Browse to browse to the directory where you installed the configuration file you downloaded in Step 1 and click Next. Windows XP uses the configuration file to configure itself to support USB tethering with the Android phone.
    4. When Windows XP finishes installing the software for Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS, click Finish.


    I have downloaded the tetherxp.inf file and followed the instructions in the Google support article. All's well until I tell the New Hardware Wizard where to find tetherxp.inf (step 3 above).

    I get the response: "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software"

    Has anyone successfully tethered a Galaxy S3 to Win XP SP3? What am I missing?

    Regards

    John

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    Re: Tethering Android to Windows XP

    Welcome to the forum!
    Is there a reason you want to go with usb tether as opposed to wifi tether?
    There are some great wifi tether apps in the play store.

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    I agree with CR, Wireless is a better way to go. However if that is not an option for you we can try and get the USB tethering working.... First off what phone are you using? What carrier are you with? The method you described generally only works with older Android platforms (gingerbread if I remember.) There are also apps available for download in the Play Store just for USB tethering.... Most of those require a client to also be installed to the computer..... But if you can get me the phone model I will be able to assist you better.

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    Thanks guys - I'll give wireless a go. The phone is a Galaxy S3, Jelly Bean. The Windows version is XP Pro, SP3 and the phone network provider is 02 (UK).

    John

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    Wireless worked just great - thanks for the advice!

    John

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    Re: Tethering Android to Windows XP

    No prob, glad you got it working! :thumbup:

    tap'n

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    I have downloaded the tetherxp.inf file and followed the instructions in the Google support article. All's well.

    But New Hardware Wizard not opened automatically.
    I have used the same through control pannel new hardare install window and where to find tetherxp.inf (step 3 above).

    I get the response: "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software"

    Has anyone successfully tethered a Galaxy S3 to Win XP SP3? What am I missing?

    Please help

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    Sonu Rohilla
    Last edited by furbearingmammal; 02-08-2013 at 04:45 AM.

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    Re: Tethering Android to Windows XP

    As far as I'm aware, the Galaxy S 3, at least the US versions, can only WiFi/bluetooth tether without using a program like PDANet.

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