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How to repair a corrupted WINS database

In some cases, you may find WINS database is corrupted. For example, primary WINS and Secondary WINS servers have the different records. This article describes how to repair WINS database corruption by increasing the Starting Version Count within WINS preferences.

To repair WINS database corruption, you may modify the Starting Version Count (also called Starting Version ID) within WINS preferences to increase the Highest Version ID of the Local Database. You may set this Starting Version ID only to a higher value than the existing Highest Version ID. After you set it to a higher value you may not lower it without deleting the databases.

To modify the Starting Version ID, run regedit. Under the subtree HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, select the following subkey:

\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\WINS\Parameters

There are two parameters for the Starting Version count appear:

VersCounterStartVal_LowWord: REG_DWORD
VersCounterStartVal_HighWord: REG_DWORD

Select the parameter you want to modify.  From the Edit menu, choose DWORD. Type the higher hexadecimal value and choose OK.


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