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  • How to install IPX on windows 7 plz
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:52 PM

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  • There is no native IPX/SPX support from Microsoft starting with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 x64 (see here and here). You will need to contact Novell for any IPX/SPX support needs:

    http://www.novell.com/home/index.html
    Ned Pyle [MSFT] - MS Enterprise Platforms Support - Beta Team
    • Proposed as answer by Ned Pyle Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:54 AM
    • Marked as answer by Mark L. Ferguson Sunday, February 15, 2009 4:05 PM
    Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:53 AM

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  • There is a "solution" that is posted on a few places for Vista. Be aware though, that the solution first only works on 32-bit, and that the "solution" probably don't even work.  (It's more of a hack than a clean install.) There are a few obvious things, like the properties button on IPX protocol is grayed out (meaning you can't change frame type), and you can't bind IPX to the client of Windows Networking protocol.

    Don't see this as a serious solution, more as a desperate try to get it working, until the protocol is officially added to protocol list...

    What you need: a working installation of Windows XP sp2 (according to instructions).

    Step 1.
    Ctrate a new folder c:\temp

    Step 2.
    Copy the following files to the directory c:\temp *and* to the corrsponding vista directories:
    Note: You might need to open up an "elevated" command prompt, "run as administrator", (to get write access to directories).

    Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkipx.sys
    Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkflt.sys
    Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkfwd.sys
    Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnknb.sys
    Windows\System32\drivers\nwlnkspx.sys

    Windows\System32\rtipxmib.dll
    Windows\System32\wshisn.dll
    Windows\System32\nwprovau.dll

    Windows\inf\netnwlnk.inf  (*)
    Windows\inf\netnwlnk.pnf  (*)

    (*) The directory "inf" is hidden

    Step 3.
    Go to "manage network connection" (in control panel-> network). Right click your LAN adapter connection, click "install", "protocol", "Add", Do not select the IPX that is already in the list, be sure to select "have disk". Navigate to "c:\temp" and select file "netnwlnk.inf", now select "WLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS". You will get a warning it's not verifyable, install anyway (or not..).

    If you get an error message about a missing module, you forgot to copy the above files to the windows 7 directories.

    Step 4.
    Reboot computer.

    Now you will have the IPX protocol in installed protocol list (if everything works as it should), but it will probably not work...

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 10:58 PM
  • Hi,

    The following website may also be helpful.

    IPX/SPX Protocol in Vista (32bit)
     


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Friday, February 13, 2009 7:29 AM
  • íll try but it wont work, so guess i have to wait for microsft make the ipx for windows 7
    Friday, February 13, 2009 1:40 PM
  • There is no native IPX/SPX support from Microsoft starting with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 x64 (see here and here). You will need to contact Novell for any IPX/SPX support needs:

    http://www.novell.com/home/index.html
    Ned Pyle [MSFT] - MS Enterprise Platforms Support - Beta Team
    • Proposed as answer by Ned Pyle Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:54 AM
    • Marked as answer by Mark L. Ferguson Sunday, February 15, 2009 4:05 PM
    Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:53 AM
  • You are a big help Ned. Typical holier than though techie response. I wonder why everyone hates IT support staff? Could it be because they (Tech Support) can't see past their own needs/likes?

    Pretty sure I can't run my legacy game on a Novel OS.

    Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:41 AM
  • Are you kidding me?  This is Microsoft's official response?  There's no native IPX/SPX so contact Novell.   How does the most "user-friendly" operating system company refuse to support one of the most widely used LAN protocols for old games?  I mean I'm a PC and i'm 4 1/2 years old, I can make pictures look good, yay!  Is this what Microsoft is now?  I'm not gonna lie, I don't have an issue Windows supporting IPX, that's fine.  I'm sure tons of users will make a work around.  But for you to even come in here and post that garbage of a statement.  No duh, it's not natively supported, no duh.  This post is a year old, I really hope that you don't answer questions for support help anymore.
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 4:56 PM
  • I used to use IPX/SPX because I don't like to have my production machines exposed to the Internet any more than absolutely necessary.  With IPX, I could run a local area net and keep TCP/Internet turned off completely on all but one machine.  Now, I feel very exposed to all the potential garbage that the Internet can bring.

    I also note that Windows 7 is slow to find other machines.  Seems it is searching the whole world where IPX was, virtually instant access and no big searching lag. More risk and slower response, oh yeah, that's a good marketing plan -- just cover it up with some bad art work so you can look more Mac-like.    Someone please fire who ever made these decisions.

    Killing off legacy essentials in Windows7 and Vista is almost as bad as taking old OS maintenance tools that have been in the same place for many years, renaming them and hiding them under lame artwork all over the place. Why its so much fun to go on an Easter Egg hunt when you have real work to do.

    There are a lot of things I like about Windows 7, but they are mostly performance related due to changes in processors and graphics cards.  The organization and window dressing is pure BS.  As the old maxim of good design goes: Form follows function.  Someone at MS seems to have suffered Mac envy and was more interested in window dressing than functionality.

    Moving old utilities around and renaming them annoys me every day.  Who ever did that should be looking for a new job. Taking out the old "horizontal span" that every stereoscopic program on earth needed and replacing it with something that is not compatible is a sign of ignorance, arrogance or bad marketing (or some combination of the foregoing).

    Rant off.

     

     

    Friday, January 14, 2011 12:22 AM
  • This worked for me when I wanted to play the original Diablo with my friend (both on win 7): http://blogo.biz/?p=111

    Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:10 AM
  • adamselene. Yes I have just used this  from http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/ and it seems to work straight off the bat even on windows 7 64 bit. My kids love this game and it great to be able to play it again.
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:47 AM
  • That's why  I hate Microsoft. So no Stracraft 1 on Lan mode... 
    Monday, September 17, 2012 6:33 PM
  • That's why  I hate Microsoft. So no Stracraft 1 on Lan mode... 

    Nope THERE IS A WAY  and works fine

    you can try this as i explain it on my website

    http://www.bletsos.com/how-to-play-ipx-games-on-windows-7-windows-8-or-anywhere-you-like/

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:18 PM
  • Now you will have the IPX protocol in installed protocol list (if everything works as it should), but it will probably not work...

    It does not works, 100% checked.
    Friday, March 22, 2013 2:53 PM
  • ipx/spx on win 7 ? Its work but... >>

    Ipx/spx hanya bisa bekerja dibawah "windows 7 ultimate speed max edition". mungkin ini adalah "win 7" versi lama. dimana tanggal setup.exe filenya adalah 2009-07.  Sedangkan untuk "win 7 ultimate update terbaru tidak support ipx/spx. Akan muncul "acces denied" ketika anda menginstal "client for netware"

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:09 PM
  • Hi. We are using IPX Wrapper. Copy to game directory and run registry compatible key. Then run ipxconfig.exe and select network card. It is working we are playing Red Alert 2 :)

    http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:53 PM
  • How to install IPX on windows 7 plz

    You can try this stuff. It's worked for me.

    http://www.solemnwarning.net/


    Asking for better knowledge in future.



    • Edited by Loveoun Friday, January 15, 2016 7:45 AM
    Friday, January 15, 2016 7:43 AM
  • Apologies for the thread necromancy, but I had a problem similar enough that threads like these came up as the solution, but it turned out that my scenario, and solution, were very different. Trying to install the IPX protocol on windows vista or later ONLY APPLIES to games coded for the early versions of windows, where TCP/IP was not yet a standard protocol.

    It does NOT APPLY to DOS games, which you are probably running in the DosBox emulator. Emulators are what we now call Virtual machines, and Dosbox is pretty smart. This means you just need to configure one Dosbox to fire up an IPX server, and all the other DosBoxes on the LAN to fire up IPX clients, and you're good to go. I just wanted to point out that you might not need IPX in windows at all.

    EA / Origin gave away dungeon keeper for free, so the kids and I grabbed 3 copies, and tried multiplayer. The EA copy doesn't seem to be the latest one, so doesn't yet have TCP, only IPX. I edited the C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Dungeon Keeper\DATA\DOSBox\dosbox.conf file, and right at the bottom, added the following to the [autoexec] section (just after Mount C ..):

    ipxnet startserver

    On the other two dosboxes, I instead added (use the IP address of the above computer):

    ipxnet connect 192.168.2.100

    Just make sure to run the server dosbox before the clients start.

    Cheers

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017 9:16 AM