Fix Vnetsup.vxd Error on Windows 95

The following error message may be displayed when you start your Windows 95 computer:

Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.

The Windows registry or System.ini file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.

If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using it’s uninstall program or setup program.

If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.

Vnetsup.vxd -or- Dfs.vxd

Cause of the Error

Missing Dfs.vxd or Vnetsup.vxd error usually occurs when Microsoft Network components are removed from Network properties. When this happens, the references to the Vnetsup.vxd or Dfs.vxd file are not removed from the Windows registry and the error is generated.

Resolution Method

Warning: The method discussed below requires you to make direct changes to the Windows registry. Due to the importance of the registry in the working of your Windows computer, you must be very careful while making these changes. Any incorrect changes may cause severe damage to your PC and you may be forced to reinstall the operating system to resolve the issue. This is the reason why it is recommended that you back up the registry before proceeding with the following steps. You can make a registry backup using the Windows Registry Editor tool or a reliable third-party registry cleaner tool.

To workaround the problem, perform the following steps:

  1. On the Start menu, select Run, type regedit and then press Enter.
  2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\VxD\vnetsup

  1. Here, in the Vnetsup subkey, delete the StaticVxD value.
  2. Next, navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\VxD\dfs

  1. In the DFS subkey, delete the StaticVxD value.
  2. Perform the following steps to install network components and then remove them again:
    1. Open Control Panel.
    2. Double-click the Network icon.
    3. In the Network dialog box, click the Add button.
    4. In the Select Network Component Type dialog box, select Adaptor and then click Add.
    5. In the Manufacturer’s dialog box, select the Detected Network Driver option.
    6. Next, in the Network Adapters dialog box, select the NDIS2 Driver option, and then click the OK button.
    7. In case, the name for your computer and workgroup has not been added earlier, add them on the Identification tab.
    8. Close all the open dialog boxes and windows, and then restart your computer.
    9. After the system restarts, open Control Panel, and then double-click on the Network icon.
    10. Here, select the network adaptor you added earlier, and then click the Remove button.
    11. Click the OK button and restart your computer when prompted.

To prevent computer errors due to left behind registry entries, it is recommended that you scan and clean your registry soon after you remove any components, drivers, or software from your computer. This not only helps you in preventing several computer errors, but also enables you to maintain a healthy and error-free registry. RegServe is one of the recommended tools that you can use to perform registry cleanups.