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SFC in Windows ME (Internet Problem)

By Th3M1ghtyD8
Mar 10, 2003
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  1. Is there a tool like SFC in Windows (ME) Muppet Edition?

    I have a problem with the internet connection on my Uncle's PC (I assume its Internet Explorer, Winsock or TCP/IP Protocol that is the problem), in that the modem dials, and says that it is connected, but Internet Explorer is unable to find any pages and displays the "This Page cannot be Displayed" screen. Ping Commands work, but Internet Explorer does not. Also, neither of the 2 PCs connecting through this PC with ICS can access the web.

    On WinXP I would simply have put the Windows CD in and used SFC to replace all of the system files to default, but I can't find a similar option in ME.

    It will be Reformatted eventually (probably with WinME/WinXP Dual Boot), but i could do with some kind of temporary fix until then. Any Suggestions ?
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    How about looking over the connection options in intenet settings?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,539   +301

  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Windows ME does have a System Restore utility much like Windows XP. If your system was working at some point in the near past, then you might give that a try.:cool:

    There is also a System File Checker Utility ...

    Windows ME SFC Options

    Oh, and before I forget, your issue is a known Windows ME problem (I know about it:D) and running SFC won't fix it.

    To fix it here's what to do ...

    1. Go to ADD/Remove Programs, then select Add/Remove Windows Components (or something like that).
    2. Uninstall Dial Up Networking and Internet Connection Sharing.
    3. Reboot
    4. Reinstall Dial Up Networking.
    5. Reboot.

    Everything should now work!

    I don't quite know why this works, but I found that Dial Up Networking does not install properly when installed with Windows ME. I think there may be another component that also needs uninstalling, but I cannot remember what it was. Give my suggestion a try and let me know how you get on. Prepare to be surprised.:grinthumb
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    There is one, but I do not think it is installed by default.

    If you are able to access the internet using other methods (Such as FTP over internet, browsing with Netscape, pinging internet servers etc..), then there IS a problem I'm famliar with that will cause this.

    This is caused by there by having multiple copies of Winsock.dll, Wsock32.dll, or Wsock.vxd.. But Microsoft has a much better explanation and more tips than I could offer you:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;241344
  6. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 794

    Thanks, I will try this tonight probably, but I think I will probably just end up formatting it.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,539   +301

    My problem wasn't that exactly. I coudn't browse through netscape and I couldn't use ftp or tracert, but I was able to still talk on mIRC. Was told it was a DNS issue. Anyway it resloved itself when I put win 2k on it.
  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    ... The right thing to do. :)
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