Dialing Internet on start-up

Posted on 1998-09-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I've recently installed Win98 over my old version of Win95 OSR2. Now every time I start Win98 it tries to dial-up Internet. How can I prevent this from happening?
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smeebud earned 100 total points
ID: 1644969
Try this.
Sometimes, WIN95 isntall doesnt recognize existing drivers and leaves them alone; thus
Leaving apps or Drivers Running. Here are some things you can check off the top. EDIT
then SAVE these files:

Config.sys - see if there is a reference to the driver.. if so.. type REM at the beginning of
the line
autoexec.bat - see if there is a reference to the driver.. if so.. type REM at the beginning of
the line
system.ini - do a FIND on the driver.. for all references , type a SEMI-COLON at the
beginning of the line
Shutdown the computer, restart..see if the error is gone.

Sometimes, OEM's have there own idea of startup files ( ACER is one ) The offending
driver might also be in these types of files.

Also, some older devices ( Sound/Video cards etc...) need these drivers. If WIN95
successfully boots, but some devices dont work, you may have to re-install the
drivers/software ( Always try and use WIN95 versions of the drivers/software..these
ususally can be found at the device maker's web site.) Also Check these places in your
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\
If you have questions about your registry let me know.

OR Method 2:
(Software developers have a whole lotta nerve to assume this is a convenience. They
should ask first.) There are three places where you can try to stop this annoyance:

1. The Startup folder. This is the most obvious location for a program reference.
Right-mouse click on Start, select Open, double-click on Programs, then double-click on
Startup. If you see a shortcut to the annoying program inside, delete it.

Your WIN.INI file. Select Start, Run, type " sysedit " no qoutes and click on OK. Inside
the System Configuration Editor, make the WIN.INI window active and look for a "run="
or "load=" line under the [windows] section. Programs referred to on these lines load at

2. Remove the reference to the annoying program, and save your change. (If not, have
your local computer guru help you. WIN.INI is a very important file and should not be
messed with unless you know what you're doing.)

3. The Registry. Select Start, Run, type " regedit " no qoutes

and click on OK to open the Registry Editor. Navigate your way to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RUN. In the
right pane, you'll find programs that load when Windows 95 starts. Right-mouse click on
the one giving you grief, select Delete, and close the Registry Editor. (As always, before
editing the Registry, back it up. One way is to zip your System.dat and User.dat files and
store them on a floppy disk.)

4. Check your autoexec.bat file to see if you have any loading calls there for the program.

Whichever method you used, restart Windows 95 and (in most cases)


Expert Comment

ID: 1644970
Smeebud's explanation is AWESOME!!  However, it's pretty darn technical huh?  Well, let me explain to you what happen in a simple fashion.  

  During the installation of Win98, you probably chose to have Win98 install all of the "ADD ONS" or simply EVERYTHING.  Well, when you install EVERYTHING, you get a really cool Web Page design/publisher program called "Microsoft Personal Web Server."  The icon is probably right there on your desktop ("Publish"). . . isn't it?  It dials onto the internet automatically because it is using YOUR computer as a Web Site Server !!!!  (which is usefull if you have a buisness and you want a cheap way to get a large amount of web server space)
Anyway, it doesn't do YOU a great deal of good huh?!!  Here's what you do . . .


Now, double-click "Add/Remove Programs"

Scroll down to "Microsoft Personal Web Server", click on it

Now, click on the "Add/Remove" button (then follow directions for removing it)

ALL DONE!!!!!!

Do I get an "A" ?  *smile*

Enjoy Win98 !!!


Author Comment

ID: 1644971
Im sorry to say, that I couldn't find anything in any of those places. I know it most likely should be there but if it is, I can't find it. If I only knew WHICH application it is that's causing me this grief. If I just let it dial, I get connected and nothing else happens. I can't even see the "modem status" icon.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1644972
Try this first
Troubleshooting Shutdown. Disable Fast Shutdown

Disabling fast shutdown is necessary when you are troubleshooting shutdown problems in
Windows 98.

When you shut down Windows 95/98, all device drivers are uninitialized. When fast
shutdown is enabled in Windows 98, device drivers are not uninitialized. This results in a
faster shutdown. Fast shutdown is enabled by default.  This feature is incompatible with
some hardware devices and can cause your computer to stop responding if these devices
are installed.

To disable fast shutdown, follow these steps:

1.Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System tools, and then click
System Information.

2.On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility.

3.On the General tab, click Advanced.

4.Click the Disable Fast Shutdown check box to clear it, click OK, and then click OK

5.Click Yes when you are prompted to restart your computer.
if no go, lemme know.
we'll disable explorer and see if that does it.

"Windows 98 Section"

Regards, Bud

Author Comment

ID: 1644973
No, it didn't work, BUT I now know which application it was that caused the problem. Go!Zilla!! I don't know why it started to bother me when I installed Win98, because I've set it NOT to Dial up. Well anyway, thanks for your help BUDdy =).

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Expert Comment

ID: 1644974
Don't those kinda things just fry yer tail-:)

Regards, Bud

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