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Failed to Initialize Winsock

By JohnBro ·
"Failed to Initialize Winsock" I get this message when I run Winipcfg.exe. My modem connects me to the internet but I can't display any pages. I can connect to my home network. I uninstalled my modem and network cards moved them to new slots and reinstalled the drivers, still get the error message. The computer used to work fine then all of a sudden I started getting the above error message. I don't want to reinstall Windows. HELP!!!

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Failed to Initialize Winsock

by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Failed to Initialize Wins ...

1: remove and replace the service client for MS networks.
2: this could happen by a virus.
3: See MS KB q288133

Locate the following files:


For each file, right-click it, and then click Rename.

Type a file name with the .old extension, for example, winsock.old, and then press ENTER.

Extract the preceding files using the System File Checker (SFC) tool from the Windows 98 CD-ROM:

Click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type: sfc.

Select the Extract one file from the installation disk option.

Type in the name of the file (for example, winsock.dll) that you want to extract, and then click Start.

Specify the location of the installation files ifit is not automatically selected. You may also need to specify the folder to which the file needs to be copied. The Winsock.dll file is placed in the Windows folder. Both the Wsock32.dll and Wsock32n.dll files are placed in the Windows\System folder.

By means of Regedit, locate and click the following registry key:

Click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type: regedit.

In the left pane, locate the previously mentioned key.

Left-click the key to select it.

Click Registry from the menu, and then select the Export Registry Key option. You must specify a location to store and a name for the key that is to be exported.

With the key still selected, press DELETE to delete the selected registry key.

Close Registry Editor.

Remove the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP/IP) and Dial-up Networking (DUN) files by using the following article:
Q181599 How to Remove and Reinstall Dial-Up Networking and TCP/IP Files

Restart the system.

Reinstall the DUN and TCP/IP files.

4. reinstall windows in the same folder.

success Leopold

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Failed to Initialize Winsock

by JohnBro In reply to Failed to Initialize Wins ...

There is no file winsock32n.dll. In addition to the suggestions I also erased the win386.swp file and defraged the drive in safe mode. The end result is that I now get no errors.

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