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Microsoft KB Archive/172439

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"The Icmp.dll File Cannot Start" While Using Ping.exe


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


When you use the Ping.exe tool included with Windows 95, you may receive any of the following error messages:

The Icmp.dll file cannot start. Check the file to determine the problem.

Unable to initialize Windows Sockets interface, error code 6.

Note that the first error message may be misleading because the Icmp.dll file may not be the cause of the problem; replacing it may not resolve the issue.


The Wsock32.dll file may have been damaged or have been replaced by a third-party program.


Use the Extract tool to extract a new copy of the Wsock32.dll file from your original Windows 95 disks or CD-ROM to the Windows\System folder.

For information about using the Extract tool, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files


You may also see various error messages when you start Windows 95 that indicate there is a problem with the Wsock32.dll file.

Additional query words: corrupt

Keywords : kberrmsg kbtool win95
Issue type :
Technology : kbWin95search kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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