Friday, July 1, 2011

DOS Shell: Cannot load VDM IPX/SPX support

Symptom: When you open a DOS shell or if you run some programs in the DOS shell, you will get an error: Cannot load VDM IPX/SPX support

Causes: On Windows 2000 (maybe Windows XP and others), when you install CSNW and Novell's Netware client, it adds extra stuff to your autoexec.nt file. When you uninstall the client, it leaves a few turds around on your system (don't they all?) that could cause problems.

Solution: Edit your %SystemRoot%\system32\autoexec.nt file and delete three lines.

* Double-click on my computer
* Double-click on C:
* Look for "WINNT" or "WINDOWS". Remember which one you saw.
* Start -> Run
* Type in notepad c:\winnt\system32\autoexec.nt
If you saw "WINDOWS" instead of "WINNT" use notepad c:\windows\system32\autoexec.nt
* Look for these lines:

REM Install network redirector
lh %SystemRoot%\system32\nw16
lh %SystemRoot%\system32\vwipxspx

* Delete those three lines, and only those three lines.
* File -> Save
* Close Notepad – You are done!

Problem solved.

References


Uninstalling CSNW Rumkin.com

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