Uninstalling CSNW

Symptom: When you open a DOS shell or if you run some programs in the DOS shell, you will get an error: Cannot load VDM IPX/SPX support

Causes: On Windows 2000 (maybe Windows XP and others), when you install CSNW and Novell's Netware client, it adds extra stuff to your autoexec.nt file. When you uninstall the client, it leaves a few turds around on your system (don't they all?) that could cause problems.

Solution: Edit your %SystemRoot%\system32\autoexec.nt file and delete three lines.

  • Double-click on my computer
  • Double-click on C:
  • Look for "WINNT" or "WINDOWS". Remember which one you saw.
  • Start -> Run
  • Type in notepad c:\winnt\system32\autoexec.nt
    If you saw "WINDOWS" instead of "WINNT" use notepad c:\windows\system32\autoexec.nt
  • Look for these lines:
    REM Install network redirector
    lh %SystemRoot%\system32\nw16
    lh %SystemRoot%\system32\vwipxspx
  • Delete those three lines, and only those three lines.
  • File -> Save
  • Close Notepad – You are done!

Problem solved.

Montelier, Vermont, is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald's. Tyler Akins <>
Legal Info