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WFWG May Hang If TCP/IP Hasn't Registered at Logon Time

Article ID: 92877

Article Last Modified on 10/14/2003


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q92877

The following article contains information on the use of Windows for Workgroups with third-party products or configurations that have not been tested and are not supported by Microsoft.

If the steps or procedures described in this article do not function properly, contact the manufacturer of the third-party product for more information or use a supported configuration.


If you load TCP/IP as a protocol and then immediately start Windows for Workgroups from your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, your machine may stop responding (hang) when you attempt to log on.


This problem occurs because TCP/IP requires time to register on the network before you log on.


To work around the problem, place a pause statement in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file before the statement that starts Windows, as in the following example:


You can also use the MS-DOS 6.0 and 6.2 CHOICE command to force a timed pause (for example, use "c:\dos\choice /N /T:n,10 Please wait for the computer to register with the network..."). Refer to your MS-DOS documentation for more information.


This problem occurs with the Microsoft versions of TCP/IP that are available for Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and Microsoft LAN Manager. This problem may or may not occur with other implementations of TCP/IP.

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows for Workgroups version 3.1 and version 3.11. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional query words: 3.10 3.11 stack wfwfest

Keywords: KB92877