Microsoft KB Archive/104628

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Publisher: SHARE.EXE Not loaded with Windows for Workgroups PSS ID Number: Q104628 Article last modified on 09-29-1993 PSS database name: W_MSPub



The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Publisher version 2.0


Publisher Setup will not load SHARE.EXE in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file if you are using Windows for Workgroups. Windows for Workgroups utilizes a virtual device driver called VSHARE.386. Windows for Workgroups only loads VSHARE.386 while Windows is running in enhanced mode. As a result, if you run Windows for Workgroups in standard mode, you will receive a message that Publisher needs SHARE.EXE.


If you want to run Windows for Workgroups in standard mode and run Publisher, you must load SHARE.EXE before starting Windows. To execute SHARE.EXE from the MS-DOS command prompt, type the following and press ENTER:

C:.EXE /L:100

SHARE.EXE will then be loaded and you can start Windows for Workgroups in standard mode and open Publisher.


The Windows for Workgroups file sharer, VSHARE.386, contains several improvements over the MS-DOS file sharing utility, SHARE.EXE. These improvements allow Windows for Workgroups to share files in a manner similar to other network operating systems. VSHARE.386 is intended as a drop-in replacement for SHARE.EXE. Because VSHARE.386 is an enhanced mode virtual device driver (VxD), it has features that improve file sharing under enhanced mode. Because it was designed to work with Windows for Workgroups, VSHARE.386 has features to make it “friendlier” than SHARE.EXE, especially in the area of access control.

For more information about VSHARE.386, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

windows and workgroups and VSHARE.386 and file and sharing

Additional reference words: 2.00 mspub

Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1993.