Fix: Potential Issue for Windows 8.1 Users

Just a quick note for all Windows 8.1 users trying to use Rusty Navigator.  Apparently there is an issue with the non-pro version of Windows 8.1 not starting the Winpcap service at boot time, so when you try and start Rusty Navigator it will crash with an error.  Troubleshooting with a Windows 8.1 user tonight, we found that if you change a simple registry key in windows and reboot it should fix the problem.

Change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NPF\Start to value 0×03 (SERVICE_DEMAND_START). In the registry and reboot.

If you do not know how to use the windows registry, you can try starting the Winpcap service by typing the following command:

runas /u:administrator “net start npf”

This should work as well, however you will have to type this command after every reboot.  Thanks so much to ‘maukaleoole’ for troubleshooting this fix with me, as I don’t have a Windows 8.1 machine at my disposal.

Happy Navigating!