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Microsoft KB Archive/106042

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WFWG Err Msg: This Application Was Communicating on...Network

Article ID: 106042

Article Last Modified on 10/23/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q106042


When you exit Microsoft Windows for Workgroups, you receive the following error message on a blue screen:

This application was communicating on the network when you terminated it. Although Windows attempted to restore the state of the network, you may have problems with network communications until you restart your computer.

Press any key to continue


This problem occurs when you do one of the following:

  • You run Microsoft Mail.
  • You run After Dark 1.0a.
  • You run NetWare NETBIOS.EXE when Windows for Workgroups is configured with Novell NetWare as an additional network.


If you are using After Dark, you can work around this problem by removing After Dark from your Startup group. Otherwise, change the following line in the [Microsoft Mail] section of the MSMAIL.INI file:

   [Microsoft Mail]
   NetBios=0 (instead of NetBios=1)

NOTE: NetBios=0 disables the automatic new mail notification. You must manually check for new mail. If you are running Windows for Workgroups with Novell NetWare as an additional network, you can work around this problem by removing the NETBIOS.EXE from your AUTOEXEC.BAT file and installing IPX/SPX Compatible Transport or "IPX/SPX Compatible Transport with NetBIOS" as an additional protocol.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows for Workgroups version 3.11. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional query words: 3.11 MSMAIL

Keywords: KB106042