How to install the Active Directory Client Extension


This article describes how to acquire, install, and remove the Active Directory Client Extension (DSClient) for Windows NT 4.0.

Note Although the DSClient is available on the Windows 95 and Windows 98 operating systems, this article concerns the Windows NT 4.0 version. Therefore, any reference to DSClient, unless otherwise stated, refers to the DSClient for Windows NT 4.0.

The DSClient takes advantage of features provided by the Windows 2000 Active Directory Service. These client extensions were developed for customers who want to deploy Windows 2000 Server in environments with Windows NT 4.0-based clients.

Acquire the DSClient

Windows NT

The DSClient for Windows NT 4.0 is freely available for download from the following Microsoft Web site:

Install the DSClient

The prerequisites for the DSClient are:

  • Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a.

  • Internet Explorer 4.01 or later.

Download the DSClient.exe self-extracting executable installation file. Running this file will launch an installation wizard.

For more information about the files that are installed with the DSClient, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

295168 Files installed by Directory Services Client Extension for Windows NT 4.0

Remove the DSClient

The DSClient can be removed through the Add/Remove Programs utility in Control Panel:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.

  3. Double-click Directory Services Client.

    Note The following dynamic link libraries (DLLs) will not be removed:

    • Netlogon.dll

    • Netapi32.dll

    • Mup.sys

    • Wkssvc.dll

    • Wldap32.dll

    All other DLL files will be removed. A reboot will be necessary if DLL files to be removed are currently in use.


For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

216290 Determining which version of ADSI is installed on your computer

164539 How to determine which version of Internet Explorer is installed

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