Paradox for Windows Cannot Access WFWG Shared Directory (97736)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
    Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q97736
This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands and filenames.


In Windows for Workgroups, when you try to open a file in a shared directory on another machine from Paradox for Windows, you receive the following error message:

Network initialization failed, cannot access Network lock file.


To access files on other machines in a Windows for Workgroups network, you need to use the SUBST command locally, at the server machine (the computer with the shared directory), before you start Windows for Workgroups. For more information, check your Paradox documentation for information about using Paradox on a peer-to-peer network.

The SUBST command lets you substitute a string for a path and allows you to associate a path with a drive letter. For more information about SUBST, refer to your MS-DOS "User's Guide" or MS-DOS Help.

If you don't want to use SUBST with your Windows for Workgroups configuration, you can use DoubleSpace. If you already have DoubleSpace installed, run DBLSPACE.EXE and choose Create New Drive from the Compress menu. If you have not yet installed DoubleSpace and you don't want to compress your hard drive(s), run DBLSPACE.EXE and choose Custom Setup. When you create the new drive, choose the drive letter required by Paradox.

NOTE: You may also want to resize the drive so that it doesn't take up more disk space than is required for the Paradox files.


If you continue to have problems with Paradox for Windows, please contact Borland technical support.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/26/2003
Keywords: KB97736