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Err Msg: An Error Occurred Accessing the Security-Settings File

Article ID: 168960

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Network Client 3.1

This article was previously published under Q168960


After installing the Network Client version 3.0 for MS-DOS and starting the computer, you may get these messages while running Autoexec.bat, typically after NET START or NET INITIALIZE is run:

Error 2: The specified file was not found.


An error occurred accessing the security-settings file.

Networking functionality will be lost. System settings in System.ini and Protocol.ini are correct, as are settings in Config.sys and Autoexec.bat.


During setup, the file Wfwsys.cfg is copied to your setup directory (typically, C:\NET). The Shares.pwl file is built using security information that is tied to the Wfwsys.cfg file. If the Wfwsys.cfg file is damaged or missing, the network will not start, and you will receive these error messages.


Copy the Wfwsys.cfg file from the clients\msclient\netsetup directory on the Windows NT Server compact disc to your network client installation directory (for example, C:\NET) and delete the existing Shares.pwl file. When you restart the computer, a new Shares.pwl file will be created using the Wfwsys.cfg file.

If you replace the Wfwsys.cfg file without deleting the Shares.pwl file, you will receive an ACCESS DENIED message during system startup.

Keywords: kbnetwork kbprb kbsetup KB168960