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Microsoft KB Archive/173119

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How to Disable GSNW through the Registry

Article ID: 173119

Article Last Modified on 2/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173119

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


After you install Microsoft Client or Gateway Service for NetWare (GSNW), and later you need to disable either service, you may be unable to access that service's properties on the Services tab in the Control Panel Network tool.

If this is the case, perform the following steps:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe), and go to the following subkey:


  1. Edit the following value:

Value Name: Start: Data Type: REG_DWORD Value: 0x2

Change the following value from 0x2(automatic) to 0x3(manual) or 0x4(disabled).

  1. Quit Registry Editor and restart Windows NT.

NOTE: This procedure is equivalent to starting the Control Panel Services tool, selecting either service, clicking Startup, and then clicking Options.

WARNING: Disabling GSNW will prevent the Server service from starting. If you are going to disable GSNW, remove the dependency from the Server service. For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

ARTICLE-ID: 123763
TITLE : Share Names Displayed as DELETED in GSNW

Additional query words: CSNW GSNW

Keywords: kbhowto kbnetwork KB173119