File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks Is Unavailable

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of theregistry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in theWindows folder.
When you use the right mouse button to click a drive, folder, or printer,there may be no Sharing command on the menu that appears even though the"File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks" component is installedin Network properties.
The Nwserver.vxd file may be loading even though the "File and printersharing for NetWare Networks" component is not installed in Networkproperties.
To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:

Method 1

If the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks is installed on your computerand you do not connect to a NetWare server, remove the client from Networkproperties. To remove the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks, followthese steps:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.
  2. Click Client For NetWare Networks.
  3. Click Remove, and then click OK.
  4. Restart your computer when you are prompted to do so.

Method 2

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problemsthat may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guaranteethat problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can besolved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

NOTE: For information about how to edit the registry, view the ChangingKeys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Notethat you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat andUser.dat) before you edit the registry.

If sharing is still not available, determine if the Nwserver.vxd file isloading by following these steps:
  1. Click the Start button, point to Find, and then click Files Or Folders.
  2. In the Named box, type:
  3. Click Find Now.
  4. If the file is found, use the right mouse button to click the Nwserver.vxd file, and then click Rename on the menu that appears.
  5. Rename the file to, and then press ENTER.
  6. Shut down and restart your computer. If you receive the following error message when you computer starts, the Nwserver.vxd file is being called from the registry:
    Cannot find a device necessary to run Windows. Nwserver.vxd
    If you receive this error message, sharing should now be available.
  7. To remove the reference to Nwserver.vxd in the registry, use Registry Editor to delete the StaticVxD value in the NWServer subkey under the following registry entry:
The Nwserver.vxd file provides file and printer sharing for NetWarenetworks in Windows 95; the Vserver.vxd file provides file and printersharing for Microsoft networks. These two components cannot functionsimultaneously in Windows 95.
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Article ID: 169472 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 17:08:59 - Revision: 1.1

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