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Ambiguous Error Net Message ID: 3716

Article ID: 105883

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q105883


The content of Net Message ID:3716 is misleading and ambiguous. When you type NET HELPMSG 3716, you receive the following message:


You typed an invalid device name.


Check the spelling of the device name. Valid device names are LPT1: to LPT9: and COM1: to COM9: for printers and communication devices, and A: to Z: for disk devices.


The above error message could lead you to believe that you can actually make a connection by typing the following

net use COMx: \\servername\sharename

or connect to a modem shared on another computer running Windows NT. These are not supported features under Windows NT.

Additional query words: adapter prodnt NIC

Keywords: kbnetwork KB105883