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@gadgetman496 wrote:

I must be losing the plot here!
Does anyone know why Microsoft have removed the Distinctive Ring support in Windows XP and 2000?
What is their logic behind that?
For Christ sake they have posted a recommended fix on their site suggesting users to revert back to Windows 98 SE or ME in order to fix the problem!!!
“Hello? Am I on the same planet as everyone else or what?”

It doesn’t make any sense. I guess Distinctive Ring isn’t too popular, and most people really don’t care about it for Microsoft to do anything about it. Its not like Windows XP or 2000 can’t support it.

There is a “partial” solution in the article listed on ModemSite. You might want to try the suggestions on there to enable distinctive ring for a specific ring pattern.