How to Enable Internet Connection Sharing in Windows 7

For internet connection sharing to work, you would need a host computer which has a separate internet connection. Once the internet connection sharing is enabled, all the computers within the network would be able to connect with the host computer.
In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to enable internet connection sharing on the host computer.


Step 1 – Accessing Computer Management

To setup internet connection sharing, first of all, open up the start menu. You can simply press the windows key on your keyboard for that or move the cursor towards the bottom left side of the screen and click on the start menu icon. Once the menu appears on the screen, right click on computer and click on the manage option.

Clicking on the Manage option

Step 2 – Computer Management

Once the Computer management window opens up, double click on “Services and applications” option. This will expand the menu, showing two more option. From here, move on to “Services”.

Accessing the Services folder

Step 3 – Internet Connection Sharing Option

Once in the services folder, move over to the middle pane. Over here, locate the “Internet Connection Sharing” option and double click on it to open up the properties window.

Opening up the ICS option

Step 4 – Startup Type

With the internet connection sharing properties window opened up, move over to the “Startup Type” section in the General tab. Over here, notice that the option selected by default is “Disabled”. Open up the drop down menu and select “Automatic”. This will automatically enable internet connection sharing on startup.

Changing the startup type option

Step 5 – Subsequent Failures

With that done, move over to the recovery section and next to the “subsequent failures” section, select the “Restart the service” option from the drop down menu.

Changing the subsequent failures option

Step 6 – Restart service after Option

Make sure that the “Restart service after” option is set to “0”.

Setting up the restarting option

Step 7 – Apply the changes

With that done, apply the changes made and close the computer management window. And that’s basically how you setup internet connection sharing in windows 7.

Applying the changes made