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windows sockets initialization failed/winsock problem.

by moceanu / August 9, 2012 9:33 AM PDT

Hi, my problem is that when I turn on my computer and get to my login screen, everything is noticeablly oversized. When I log in, I initially get a blank silver screen and eventually a window pops up that says "Windows sockets initialization failed" After I click okay, my desktop shows up but again everything is larger than normal and I can't connect to the internet.

I've tried entering netsh winsock reset catalog/netsh int ip reset reset.log from the command prompt but when I do I get "Initialization function InithelperDll in NSHHTTP.DLL failed to start with error code 101007"

Any help would be appreciated!

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Have you checked prior discussions? Example at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2012 10:05 AM PDT
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by moceanu / August 9, 2012 10:19 AM PDT

I've checked countless forum posts and responses over the last two days to try and find a fix and nothing has worked. Also running scans isn't possible because I have no internet access on that computer.

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How you run scans when there is no Internet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2012 12:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes
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Can you tell us more ...
by Edward ODaniel / August 9, 2012 12:13 PM PDT

about WHEN the problem started (such as - I first noticed the problem just after removing some malware called ----------"

Have you tried a system restore to a time BEFORE the problem came up?

Did you install or uninstall any apps or drivers immediately before the problem started?

What all have you attempted to resolve your problem?

You have to help us help you by providing ALL the pertinent or possibly pertinent information regarding the problem.

The actual version of Windows would be nice too as I don't recall similar messages in Windows 1.6 or 3.0 or 3.1x or even in NT 3.1 or 3.5.

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windows sockets initialization failed/winsock problem.
by ceewizard / August 14, 2012 4:13 PM PDT

The Windows Sockets consists of these things called "LSP"'s (Layered Service Providers)., and they're linked together like a chain. If for any reason the chain is broken or can't be "reset", you won't be able to connect to the internet. Try WinXP Fix, it might resolve the issue. It has the option to backup your registry, I suggest you exercise that option.

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