TCP\IP question

By ak_in_charge
Jan 13, 2004
  1. Hey all,

    I was just wondering if anyone knew how to uninstall and reinstall TCP\IP on a XP Home machine.

    In XP the option to uninstall is greyed out because Microsoft considers it a core component of the operating system.

    I searched the Microsoft knowledge base and google several times and all I can come up with is using what is called a "NetShell" utility but that the steps for that just sound a little complicated for what should be an easy process.

    Anyway just thought this would be the place to go for answers.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 962

    Have you tried uninstalling your NIC and removing the network components from there? All should re-install when the drivers are re-added when the O/S finds the NIC again on reboot.
  3. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112

    I've uninstalled an re-installed the drivers but its an onboard NIC.

    This is just a computer I'm working on for a customer so I can't go out and get a different motherboard. I've installed a 3com NIC card that we had lying around and it give me the same error when ever I do an "ipconif /renew"

    error message: "operation was attemped on something that is not a socket"

    I found that in the registry I can delete the Winsock and Winsock2
    files but I can't figure out how to reinstall them using NetShell which is how the Microsft Knowledge Base suggests how to do it.;en-us;817571&Product=winxp

    Maybe someone can read this differently and explain to me

    Thanx again
  4. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112


    I solved the problem.

    I just ended up exporting the Winsock and Winsock2 files from another machine running XP on to a floppy disk and importing them into the registry on to the other computer.

    This seemed to work really well and was very easy once I figured it out so anyone with a TCP\IP issue with XP this is a good way to go about fixing it.
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