Windows Vista Services

IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver - Windows Vista Service

IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver.

This service also exists in Windows XP.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver
Service name:NwlnkFwd
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver service is a kernel mode driver. If IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the NwlnkFwd service has failed to start. At least one service depends on IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver. Therefore I do not recommend you to disable it.


If IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver is stopped, the IPX Traffic Filter Driver fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of IPX Traffic Forwarder Driver

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows Vista edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreIPXTrafficForwarderDriverWindowsVista.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the nwlnkfwd.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\DRIVERS folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.

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