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Article ID: 321803 - Last Review: October 27, 2006 - Revision: 1.2

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When you are using Network Monitor to connect to a Network Monitor agent on a Windows XP-based computer, you may receive the following error message:
The specified network is invalid: \\machinenamemac address Error 0x80044002


This problem may be caused by an incompatibility in COM threading models between the Network Monitor program and the Network Monitor agent that is included with Windows XP.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389  ( ) How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   20-Jun-2002  16:45                      8,825  Netnm.inf
   20-Jun-2002  16:49  5.1.2600.48        13,824  Nppagent.exe     


To work around this problem, install and run Network Monitor directly on the appropriate computer.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 1.

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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