Apparent conflict between XP Pro and Win 98 on peer to peer network.

I think I need to install the netbeui protocol on a new XP Pro machine because although it talks to Win 98 machines on the network, it is initially very slow and has intermittent freezes. Unfortunately all machines came only with restore cds so I can not access the files I understand from Microsoft support I need to install, i.e. nbf.sys and netnbf.inf, which would put the netbeui protocol on the XP machine.  Neither can I track down the files in the cab folders on one of the Win 98 machines.

Basically, I suspect a conflict between the TCP/IP protocol on the XP machine and the netbeui protocol on all the others is the problem but if anyone can suggest something else.......
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tcocConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If I'm not mistaken, shouldn't the restore disk contain a full version of XP, just buried in amongst the other files/directories on the disk?

I find it unlikely that a non-installed protocol would cause crashing. You may want to look into NIC drivers.

On a 98 machine you need only to "Add" the protocol, and the needed files are sought out and installed. Does that not work on XP??

Did you buy the XP machine with a crippled O/S? One would expect all normally useful files to be present even on an OEM install CD.

The only way I got my network to work with a 98 and XP machine and a hub was to install Netbeui on the XP machine.

Here's how:;EN-US;q301041

You might also want to try:;en-us;Q316042

Lastly, take a look at my question:
Windows XP & Win98SE Home Networking Problem

I got a lot of great help and suggestions there that might help you.

jmcgheeAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  It is good to know that putting Netbeui on XP will probably fix things.

The problems remains the same however- I have only restore CDs and there is no sign on hard drive of XP or Win98se machines of the necessary files - i.e. nbf.sys and netnbf.inf described in the Microsoft support article on now to install netbeui.


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