IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver (NwlnkFwd) Service Defaults in Windows XP

IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver
Service name:NwlnkFwd
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NwlnkFwd

Default Behavior

IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. If the IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the NwlnkFwd service has failed to start.


The IPX Traffic Filter Driver depends on the IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config NwlnkFwd start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NwlnkFwd service is using the nwlnkfwd.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.