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Microsoft KB Archive/107574

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Err Msg: Error Loading PROTMAN.DOS After Using SETUP /H

Article ID: 107574

Article Last Modified on 9/26/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q107574


After you run SETUP /H with Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and reboot the machine, you may receive the following error message after the NET START command is run from the AUTOEXEC.BAT file:

PRO0011E: Equal sign missing between keyword and value Error loading device driver PROTMAN.DOS


SETUP /H:<FILE>, where <FILE> is the name of the system settings file, is a batch mode process that sets up Windows for Workgroups with little or no user interaction. SETUP.SHH, located on Disk 1, is the systems settings template that can be copied or modified to create a custom system settings file.

This error message occurs when the MakeProtocol=yes entry appears in the [network] section of the SETUP.SHH file and the [protocol.ini] section is missing. This results in invalid sections that the NET command cannot read being written to the PROTOCOL.INI file. Removing these unnecessary sections in the PROTOCOL.INI file corrects this problem.

The [protocol.ini] section tells Setup which sections from the SETUP.SHH file to delete after it creates the new PROTOCOL.INI file. The [protocol.ini] section in the SETUP.SHH file was not required in installations prior to Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

Additional query words: 3.11 protman setup/h

Keywords: KB107574