USB tethering with Froyo on Windows XP

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When you first downloaded Froyo for your Nexus One and tried the new tethering features, you probably noticed that when you connected via USB on Linux, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, everything went smoothly.  But what happens if you try USB Tethering with Windows XP? Well, it’s not so smooth. As many of you probably noticed, you are going to need a driver to get tethering to work on Windows XP. We will guide you through the steps to get you tethering away on your Windows XP machine.

This setting is only in Froyo 2.2

  • Download the following configuration file (tetherxp.inf) to your Windows XP computer. Typically, you can right-click on the link and choose “Save As”. (If your browser appends .html to the file name, you will need to edit the name to remove the .html extension.)
  • Use the USB cable that came with your phone to connect your phone to your computer.
  • On the Android phone, press Home, press Menu, and touch Settings to open the Settings application.
  • Touch Wireless & networks > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  • Check USB tethering.
  • When Windows XP’s New Hardware Wizard opens, select No, not at this time and click Next.
  • Select Install from a list or specific location and click Next.
  • 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.
  • When Windows XP finishes installing the software for Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS, click Finish.

Source: Nexus One

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  • Obry

    That’s great. Now all we need is Froyo running on our phones…

    • Padre_Dominio

      stop complaining and root it (:

    • Padre_Dominio

      stop complaining and root it (:

  • Obry

    That’s great. Now all we need is Froyo running on our phones…

  • Linuxluver

    I tried the wifi tethering with my iPod Touch. The iTouch was able to consistently do 215(ish) KB / sec down and about the same upward. Not very fast, but usable. The 3G on the phone itself speed tested at 2MB down and 1.5MB up…so the tether only has access to about 10%-15% of the available bandwidth.

    One test…doesn’t mean anything by itself. But I leave this data point here.

    • Prashant

      @Linuxluver… you sir, are an idiot. The speed test you did is measuring the bandwidth in megabits per second, and the download speeds you are reporting are in megabytes (or kilobytes) per second. The tether has 100% of the bandwidth, not 10-15%.

  • Linuxluver

    I tried the wifi tethering with my iPod Touch. The iTouch was able to consistently do 215(ish) KB / sec down and about the same upward. Not very fast, but usable. The 3G on the phone itself speed tested at 2MB down and 1.5MB up…so the tether only has access to about 10%-15% of the available bandwidth.

    One test…doesn’t mean anything by itself. But I leave this data point here.

    • Prashant

      @Linuxluver… you sir, are an idiot. The speed test you did is measuring the bandwidth in megabits per second, and the download speeds you are reporting are in megabytes (or kilobytes) per second. The tether has 100% of the bandwidth, not 10-15%.

  • ObsceneJesster

    It’s 2010……….Upgrade XP to Win7 or don’t be mad when new technology doesn’t work on your outdated OS.

  • ObsceneJesster

    It’s 2010……….Upgrade XP to Win7 or don’t be mad when new technology doesn’t work on your outdated OS.

  • Corycardenas

    THANKS! Worked perfectly.. Mytouch 3g running cyan 6 … I think I am officially a nerd. I rooted my phone flashed a rom os and am now tethering on my laptop with this driver installation in the last 2 days… Yay me.. of course as soon as I accomplish all of this I read that Mytouch 3g users are to start recieving the 2.2 update starting today Oct 13 and everyone should have it by the 25. FML

  • Daphtpunk

    Nothing happens when I connect my phone to my laptop.. It used to pop up saying there was a data connection, but no more..

    • Electricguy

      Same thing here – any ideas yet?

  • Mrkrgz

    New hardware wizard does not open. What could be wrong?

  • Electricguy

    I don’t even get portable hotspots on my setting view

    only tether and it is not highlighted

  • Yvchen25

    It is not working at all!!!!

  • KD

    Hi all – the first time I tried this, I couldn’t make it work. Recently, as is today, I had trouble sharing my android as a hotspot, so I tried the usb tethering again. This time, having already downloaded the xptether file onto my desktop, I plugged my phone in (while it was on), selected usb tether on the phone, made sure “activesync” was turned off on the xp computer (i have an htc hd2 running android). I opened up “system” in the control panel in winxp, saw the ‘android” usb item, right clicked it, selected update the driver, told it to use the file on the desktop, gave it time to update the driver- which it did successfully. then, i reopened firefox, and voila! it worked. Oddly enough neither the wired nor wireless icons are “un”x”d”. But, I’m not going to argue with success. It might be that this worked because effectively both my phone and my computer had been turned off and then back on again after the first go around. GL everyone!! I’m happy!

  • Metalmeric

    Finally, something that works and allows me to tether my rooted Nexus One on Windows XP. However, I already have SDK tools installed. But this fix lets tethering work over a USB cable. Thank you!

  • http://thecinemanews.com RAJ

    Windows XP not taking tetherxp.inf driver.

    • RKR

      yeh …true Raj…its just not taking .inf driver…tried everyting by the book…sad doesn’t really work

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  • guest

    thankyouuuuuu for the tips and info..hopely it will  be running on my laptop… :D

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  • olias

    ive tried so much.but didnt suceed..how wil i change the tether xp.inf?

  • Ankur

    Hello everyone…
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  • http://www.sunbirdgroup.us Webtelly

    As of March 6, 2013, I have edited tetherxp.inf to run on WinXP as a network adapter and successfully tether usb internet to my Samsung phone, along with all the previous versions of Android included in the original tetherxp. You can email me at [email protected] and I will send you the tetherxp-1.inf along with complete installation instructions. It works really well, in fact, I am in my farm house out in the woods typing this on my XP laptop from 2007, tethered to my Samsung Galaxy.

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