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Goofy message from Win 2000 Compatibility Checker

I'm getting the following problem called out in the Win 2000 Compatibility Checker:

Deterministic Network Enhancer
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Setup has determined that you have some networking components that are not compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000. If you have a disk containing the files that are necessary to upgrade this component, click Have Disk, and point to those files. If updated files are unavailable, this component may not be upgraded correctly or some settings may be lost.

What in blazes is a Deterministic Network Enhancer?  It shows up as a service in Network Properties.  Can it be safely removed?

I've searched newsgroups, the web, and Microsoft's site and found nothing that gives me a clue.  This is the last remaining issue I need to resolve before performing the upgrade.

TIA for your help.
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netmageCommented:
The system compatibilty checker has found a service that will interfere with its networking.

You won't need a network enhancer in win2k so to test its vital function in win98 or NT, just uninstall it and see if windows falls apart with its network settings.  

If it does, and i doubt it will, just reinstall networking componnents.

The path should then be clear to upgrade.

>What in blazes is a Deterministic Network Enhancer?

I have done some research for you and a path to the writer of the software is:

www.deterministic.com


A company using his software with a bug description for NT is:

http://www.redcreek.com/support/Flash-0007.html

This brings up an issue. If you are using some sort of secure VPN product as sold at redcreek then i'd suggest you follow up on their updates for win 2k.

But, if you have no unusual hardware then i'd still suggest deleteing the enhancer service.





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rjhowardAuthor Commented:
Netmage:

I have disabled the Deterministic devices, and, if that goes well, will uninstall them.

I found the Redcreek article, too, but seems to have nothing to do with anything I'm using.

Will report back in a day or two.  Just trying to be conservative, 'cuz if I trash this workstation am out of business while putting it back together.

Thanks.
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netmageCommented:
>Just trying to be conservative

I think your doing the right thing.

I mean would you have complete trust in Microsoft.
They can't even trust themselves if you read thier disclaimer carefully.

On the bright side, i haven't had a NT to win2k failure yet after using the compatibilty checker but its meant much work doing the preperation.
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rjhowardAuthor Commented:
Followed netmage's advice and had no ill effects.  Went over the balcony with the upgrade, which was smooth and uneventful.  Thanks!
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