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"Unable to initialize Windows Sockets interface, error code 0" error message when you try to use one of the Microsoft TCP/IP-32 command line utilities in Windows for Workgroups

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Symptoms
When using one of the Microsoft TCP/IP-32 command line utilities (PING.EXE,FTP.EXE, etc.), the following error message appears:
Unable to initialize Windows Sockets interface, error code 0
Cause
This error occurs when WSOCK.386 is corrupted or not loaded in memory.
Resolution
To correct this problem perform the following steps:

  1. Remove the TCP/IP protocol using the Network Setup icon.
  2. Exit Windows for Workgroups. From the command prompt, change to the Windows System subdirectory.
  3. Rename the file WSOCK.386 by typing the following command:
    REN WSOCK.386 WSOCK.BAD
  4. Restart your computer and start Windows for Workgroups. Re-add the TCP/IP protocol using the Network Setup icon and directing Setup to the location of your TCP/IP-32 files. Remove the TCP/IP protocol from Network Setup and then reinstall it. Answer "Yes to All" to replace existing files.
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Article ID: 131353 - Last Review: 06/22/2014 17:56:00 - Revision: 4.0

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