MS Windows OS Problems and Solutions

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Error Message: “The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter Name of adapter.”

Solution: two possible solutions

A) To resolve this problem, uninstall the ghosted network adapter from the registry:

1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.

2. Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.

3. Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.

4. Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.

5. Expand the Network Adapters tree.

6. Right-click the dimmed network adapter, and then click Uninstall

B) The DevCon utility is a command-line utility that acts as an alternative to Device Manager. When you use DevCon, you can enable, disable, restart, update, remove, and query individual devices or groups of devices. To use DevCon, follow these steps:1. Download the DevCon tool by clicking the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

311272 ( The DevCon command-line utility functions as an alternative to Device Manager 

2. Unpack the 32-bit or 64-bit DevCon tool binary to a local folder. 

3. Click Start, click Run, then type cmd and press ENTER. 

4. Type CD:path_to_binaries to navigate to the devcon.exe is located.

5. Use the following syntax to find installed network adapters:

devcon findall =net or

devcon listclass net

Note In the output of the previous commands, there is a line for the ghosted network adapter that is similar to the following:

PCIVEN_10B7&DEV_9200&SUBSYS_00D81028&REV_784&19FD8D60&0&58F0: 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905C-TX Compatible) 

6. Remove the ghosted device by typing the following syntax:

devcon -r remove “@PCIVEN_10B7&DEV_9200&SUBSYS_00D81028&REV_784&19FD8D60&0&58F0”


Error Message: No or Limited Conectivity, Network Connection Message

Solution: caused by Bad DNS or TCP/IP Stack

A)type “netsh winsock reset” in command prompt, which will flush the TCP/IP stack, Reboot system

B)Download and Run (KB884020) Patch from Microsoft, Fix Registry and Reboot System     [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesIPSec]



Error: Compile error in hidden module: AutoExec ,Compile error in hidden module: AutoExecNew

Compile error in hidden module: DistMon


A)Open Tool->Option->Addins from Word/Excel Menu, uncheck and Write down unfamilier  or pdf maker addins, Close application, Open C:DocumentandSettings ApplicationDatStartup for Word and .XlStart for Excel ::Remove files

B) Open VBA-Editor of any app that’s causing the error (Press Alt + F11), At the project-explorer (Ctrl + R).Check all projects that are listed there, whether some have a module with an AutoExceNew-Sub. If u cant open that project , check out and Remove


Error:Search Does not work, cant perform search in windows, Error: “A file that is required to run Search Companion cannot be found. You may need to run setup”.

Solution: (Caused by BAR.XSL or BALLOON.XSL  one or both files either missing or corrupt)
Open Explorer and go to the Windowsinf folder. Locate the srchasst.inf file. Right click it and select Install. You’ll need your XP CD or the files from the i386 folder. (This fix will require you to have your Win XP CD).

The Windowsinf folder is a hidden folder. You can adjust your Explorer Folder Options (View tab) to Show hidden files and folders. You can also click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%inf to open directly to the inf folder.

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