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Microsoft KB Archive/171567

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Article ID: 171567

Article Last Modified on 10/30/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171567


You may notice that changing the ServiceProvider priority values, as specified in Knowledge Base article 139270, "How to Change Name Resolution Order on Windows 95 and Windows NT," does not change the hostname resolution order as expected.


Unlike Windows NT 3.x, Windows NT 4.0 does not implement the ServiceProvider priority values.


To resolve this problem, install the latest service pack for Windows NT.

For additional information about obtaining the latest Windows NT 4.0 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0.


In Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4, Microsoft added a new registry value to the TCP/IP service that allows an administrator the option of changing the hostname resolution order. By default, hostname resolution is performed by Domain Name Service (DNS) first, followed by NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT), if DNS fails. With the use of this registry value, the order of hostname resolution can be reversed.

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To change the hostname resolution order (between DNS and NetBT name resolution mechanisms), perform the following steps:

  1. Run Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Go to the following key in the registry:

  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value and enter the following value information:

          Value Name: DnsNbtLookupOrder
          Data Type:  REG_DWORD
          Value:      1 or 0 (default=0, value of 1 causes NetBT name
                      resolution to be attempted before DNS)
  4. Exit the Registry Editor and restart the computer for the change to take effect.

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