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The World (, operated by Software Tool & Die, Is an Internet service provider with headquarters in Boston, MA, USA.

In 1989 we were the first commercial Internet Service Provider on the planet for the general public. And we're still proud to be the best.

Windows XP/Vista/7 1 Set-Up Guide For Dialing Into
These instructions will set up a Windows XP, Vista, or 7 computer to dial The World, using PPP. If you are using an older version of Windows you will need instructions for that version.We also have more detailed instructions for Windows XP/Vista/7(in text form). If you need further help,contact Technical Support.Note: You must use a Computer Administrator account to create or modify dial-up connections.

1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

2. In the Control Panel, select Network and Internet Connections (shown below.) These instructions will set up a Windows XP computer to dial The World, using PPP.

Screen Shot of Windows Control Panel
3. Select "Set up or change your internet connection"
Screen Shot of Control Panel - Set Up Or Change Your Internet Connection
4. In the Internet Properties window, under the "Connections" tab, select "Setup"

5. The first screen is simply a welcoming screen. Click "Next".

6. Select "Connect to the Internet". Click "Next".

7. Select "Set up my connection manually". Click "Next".

8. Select "Connect using a dial-up modem". Click "Next".

9. Name the connection, as shown below. You can name it "The World" or anything else you prefer. Click "Next".

Screen Shot - Name The Connection
10. Enter the World modem access number you use, including area code and any prefixes. (You can find a local number with the blue form below.)
Find A Dial-Up
Area Code
Or State/Province
11. Enter your World and password in the "User name" and "Password" boxes respectively (shown below.) Here, "" must be lowercase. If you do not enter your password now, you will need to enter it when you actually connect. Take the check mark out of the box labeled "Make this the default Internet Connection". Click "Next".
Screen Shot - Entering Account Information
12. Put a check mark in the box labeled "Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop". Click "Finish"
13. The icon for the new connection should now appear on your desktop. Double-click on it to open the Connect window. (The Connect window may pop up automatically.) Enter your password if it isn't already entered. Have the option to save the password checked or unchecked according to your preference. Click "Dial" to connect.
Screen Shot - Connect, Dial
14. Once connected, a small connection icon will be displayed in the right side of the Taskbar tray at the bottom of the screen. To disconnect, right-click the connection icon and click "Disconnect". (The connection icon looks like two small computers.)
To disconnect click the connected icon and a menu offering to "Disconnect" should appear, choose that selection.
Windows - Disconnecting
While connected, you should be able to use any Web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.)

Troubleshooting: If you are having trouble getting connected, or your Web browser doesn\'t appear to be working, please refer to the troubleshooting steps in the Detailed Set-Up Instructions or contact technical support.

Mail and news settings: You will need to set up mail and possibly other settings in any programs you use for mail, as shown below.

Mail & Usenet/News settings

SMTP server (for sending outgoing mail):

You may use either POP or IMAP to retrieve mail. Pick the one that your mail software uses. If it offers both then choose IMAP, it is more modern and powerful.

POP server (incoming mail):

POP account: Your account name by itself (with no "".) Exception: If you\'re using an old version of Eudora Light, enter "".)

IMAP server (incoming mail):

IMAP account: Your account name by itself (with no "".)

NNTP (news/Usenet) server:

If the news/Usenet program needs to know whether this server requires authentication, it does: Yes