Microsoft KB Archive/106249

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Article ID: 106249

Article Last Modified on 10/13/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q106249


After you type the NET command, you receive the following error message:

Error 13: The data is invalid

This error does not occur if you type net start workstation or net start full.


This problem occurs when the SHARE.EXE program is loaded in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.


Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. In your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, add the path to SHARE.EXE. (It does not matter where the SHARE command is located in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.)
  2. Restart the computer by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL.
  3. At the MS-DOS command prompt, type net, and then press ENTER.

You are then prompted for your name and password. If there were any previous connections, they are restored. At this point, the error message is displayed.

Additional query words: 3.11

Keywords: KB106249