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Since re-installing Windows 95 on a Pentium 133 Laptop, Iget this: "Network Error: NetWare compatible shell not available." I  do not have or want a network, and have searched everywhere to find what is calling for this. Nothing in autoexec.bat, config.sys or win.ini, etc. so must be in the Registry and I can't find anything to remove that I feel save doing. What and where do I remove whatever is trying to load this? Jane
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756802
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by:busuka
ID: 1756803
jjukes, if you have Network Neighborhood on desktop, right-click on it, select
properties and remove all clients and protocols in it. If you
don't have this icon on desktop, go through ControlPanel.
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756804
Can I remove all network options including TCP/IP which I though was used for modem connections? I do use Dial Up Networking for my connections.jjukes
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by:busuka
ID: 1756805
A-ha. You said that you not need network at all. Sure, for dialup
you should not delete Dial-up adapter and TCP/IP. But, if you'll
remove Client for Microsoft Network, Win95 will activate its bug
that prevent save password. So you may need not touch/add it.
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756806
Thanks... I guess I thought that a network within an office with server, etc. which I don't have,was different from dialup networking, which I use. My password is saved however, so I don't want to mess that up. So If I can't remove TCP/IP or Client for Microsoft Network, can I remove Dial Up Adapter? Those are the three I have under Network. Or does my solution lie elsewhere? Jane
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756807
Anybody got any other suggestions? I don't want to mess up my Internet accounts by removing something they need, but sure do want go get rid of the error message "The NetWare compatible shell is not accessible". Thanks for any help. Jjukes
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by:Maxim5
ID: 1756808
Netware compatible shell. This sounds as if you somehow accidently installed a Netware client. Check Network Neighborhood and BE SURE you don't have Microsoft's client for Netware or an IPX protocol or something Netware related in your list.

You likely need the Dial-up Net adapter and TCP/IP for the internet, but perhaps not the Client for Microsoft network (unless you dial into a Microsoft server of some sort).

Heck. If it wuzme, I'd meticulously record all my net settings, rip out EVERY DERN THANG, reboot to hopefully not get the error, then reinstall the internet stuff.

Are you dialing into your office or something with this machine? If so, does your office have Netware or NT?
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756809
No, I am not using anything with Hetware and not connected to any other computer, except through the Internet. Maybe I will get brave and remove everything but hate to do that if I could find something more specific to delete.Any more ideas??? Jane
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756810
PS< my internet connection is with a modem and dialup networking only when I want to connect and not full time. JJ
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by:Maxim5
ID: 1756811
You said that the problem doesn't appear to be with your autoexec.bat or config.sys files. If these files are complex, something may be lurking there. Rename them and boot without them.

Also, do a search in your registry for the word Netware, or NWREDIR, and let me know what you get. (I doubt there is anything here, but who knows?)

Also, there could be a false entry in your system.ini file. Open it, check for any Netware related junk.

Do you see anything related to IPX in your network component list (right click Net Neighborhood, then click properties)? And do you NEED the Microsoft network client? If you are not connecting to a microsoft server (such as at your office), you should not need this. If not, delete it. It likely will not fix your problem, but no sense cluttering up things.

If none of this works, we'll hafta pull out the big guns, the biggest of which will be to have you rip out your dialup adapter and protocols, and reinstall them. You should not be afraid to do this, as long as you record the settings. Heck. I'd do it in a sec. Something seems lodged in your machine, and you likely will get it out by ripping out networking. Then you'll get a clean net install.

Good luck. If we don't hear from you (hehe), we'll assume the reinstall was a failure. If this happens, I will begin working on some sort of Clintonesque response to mollify or at least avoid your anger. (grinnin while duckin' and runnin').
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by:jjukes
ID: 1756812
Thanks for the help from both Busuka and Maxim5. You both got me started on the right track, but I finally went to MS Knowledge Base and found an answer under my exact question which solved the problem. I had to reinstall Client for NetWare Networks and then uninstall it properly and it took all the unneeded files with it that time. (I still don't know how they got there the first time!!)
How do I award points (50 each) you you both?  Jjukes
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by:Maxim5
ID: 1756813
Don't know bout the points, but don't worry about it for me. Glad your problem got solved. Give Busuka my 50 :)
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Usually, if you want to play fair, you post X points question
"For <expert_name> only". Expert answers and you grade him. EE
offers no other way to distribute points.

BTW, look my second comment :)
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