If you're on dial-up, why are you trying to stop the dial-up? "Never dial. . ." is used if you are on broadband and do not want the modem to dial. You should use "Always dial. . ." with a modem.
Did I miss something? What exactly are you trying to do and for what purpose?
I'm running 98SE, IE6,MSN9 dialup at 56K. I have tried repeatedly to change my internet options to never dial a connection, it won't stick - keeps going back to "dial whenever a network connection is not present". I also tried "always dial my default connection (which is MSN). I also have checks in LAN settings (HTTP is 127.0.0.1 Port 9022(which I believe is MSN address)I've also tried deleting this HTTP proxy but it keeps coming back. I guess my question is, what should me settings be? how do I get them there? Thanks