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Microsoft KB Archive/127018

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How To Enable Ghosted Connections in Windows NT

Article ID: 127018

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q127018

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

When you use Remote Access Services (RAS) you have the option to disable automatic restoration of network connections at logon (known as ghosted connections.) If you do not install RAS, you can enable ghosted connections. To do so:

  1. Run Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Locate the following registry subkey:


  3. Click Add Value on the Edit menu.
  4. Enter the following values:

    Value Name: RestoreConnection
    Data Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 0 or 1

    Setting this value to 0 causes Windows NT to ghost the connections.
  5. Quit Registry Editor and restart Windows NT.

For additional information about ghosted connections, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

115873 Ghosted Connections and Remote Access Service

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