Posted on 1999-06-23
Within the past year I finally upgraded from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. Everything installed okay and I had no problems, until I set up My Connection in Dial-up Networking. I got the connection set up okay. I set up Eudora Pro and Netscape Communicator and had no problem making My Connection and getting logged onto the net. The problem: When I power up I receive the following message while Windows is starting:
Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.
The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.
If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program.
If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.
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I press a key and Windows continues to load. When it gets to the desktop a box appears with the following message:
Windows Networking Unable to load the dynamic link library: msnp32.dll The system cannot find the file specified. Some or all of the following features is not available: Microsoft Network OK
I click OK and Windows completes loading, and everything works fine from then on. These two files are not addressed to in the SYSTEM.INI file. I found them in: C:\WINDOWS\INF\layout.inf and C:\WINDOWS\INF\netcli.inf (The INF sub dir is a hidden directory) I was reluctant to edit these files as I'm not that familiar with Win95 to be messing with these files. I don't use any of the programs that I know of associated with Microsoft Network. Does it have anything to do with my Dial-up Networking and My Connection? I have removed MS Network, but the problem still exists. At the time I set up My Connection, I had to, as per instructions insert a couple of the installation disks to complete the setup. The error messages started after My Connection setup. Everything works okay, but I just want to get rid of those annoying error messages. I would just like to disable the call up of these two files. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.