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Personal Web Server (PWS) won't start, re-installs!

Posted on 2000-02-29
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Hi,


I have downloaded and installed PWS without any obvious problems (e.g. no error messages). However, I am having troubles running the application. Whenever I double click on the icon in the system tray, the PWS tries to re-install itself.

For example, when I double click the icon, a dialog box appears with the "Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack" as a title, and the EULA is shown asking me if I accept the terms. If I click yes, the download process starts over again...and so does the installation process.

I have uninstalled PWS completely already and tried re-installing with no luck. I just get the same result.

Any clues? Thanks in advance!

jay
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by:Michael_OReilly
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this sounds a bit like you may have installed an NT version of PWS (ie for NT Workstation) instead of the win 98 version.
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by:jwking_97
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I am almost 100% positive that I selected the Windows 95 version, and NOT the NT version.  But I could have got it wrong thought.

In anycase, I did get it to work...

I am not sure why it worked...but it did.  These are the steps that I took!

  (these may not work for you...so take care!)

  -uninstalled PWS via the Control Panel
  -deleted PWSSetupfiles directory (and all files in it)
  -deleted all occurences of InetPub directory
  -deleted all occurences of inetsrv directory
  -opened add-ons\pws\setup.exe
  -followed all instructions...
  -that's it.

My point?  The version for WIN95 on the MS website did not work properly for WIN98 and it may not work for you.  A LOT of help websites (like help.cnet.com) are filled with PWS & WIN98 horror stories.  Good luck.

        jay


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powerlord earned 100 total points
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Personal Web Server is on the Windows 98 SE CD, although I'm not sure about the first version.

On my computer, it shows up in

Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Windows Setup -> Internet Tools -> Personal Web Server

This also means that updates to it are on the Windows Update site (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com)
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