Originally Posted by Grim
What will suck is that this may very well affect all versions of the TCP/IP protocol. (ie - LAN).
Or at least, MS will certainly catch on..
I guess a non-updated XP wouldnt be able to browse teh modern web then lol.
XP has IPv6 support since...always?
The network setup wizards would have to be updated, but aside from that, you're done.
Originally Posted by Licht
We all knew this has been coming. A better solution would be to use IPV6 with alpha characters instead of just numeric ones. This would make the next time an increase in IP sequences so far off we and our grandchildren and their grandchildren not need to even think of it. The change won't be hard on Windows if your using a legal copy. Really i don't see how this is a problem all Microsoft needs to do is keep a IPV4 address on a server for people to download from for a few years then switch. (I see the ISP and other ISP making Microsoft pay big to do this but, oh well.)
You underestimate the amount of users on the net which all need independant adresses.
Umm...you clearly don't understand how IPs work. First off, every number is binary. It can be represented visually to you as decimal or hexadecimal, but it's still binary. Bytes go from 0-255, so by typing in a x.x.x.x you're entering 4 bytes. You could do it by hexadecimal sure...then you'd have AA.0F.43.F6, instead of 18.104.22.168, but you won't save any space.
IPv6 is currently in global use, but the index is checked as an afterthought, if the address isn't listed in the IPv4 index. Naturally, it'll be slower!