Restore the WINS database

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 8 Beta

To restore the WINS database

  1. Stop WINS.

    For more information, see Related Topics.

  2. Delete all files in the folder path on the WINS server computer where you are restoring the database.

    This path is determined by the current setting of Database path, which is located on the Advanced tab in Server Properties.

  3. Open WINS.

  4. In the console tree, click the applicable WINS server.


    • WINS/applicable WINS server
  5. On the Action menu, click Restore Database.

  6. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, click the same folder (such as C:\) that was used previously to back up the local WINS database, and then click OK.


  • To open WINS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click WINS.

  • In step 1, wait for WINS to completely stop before proceeding. A busy server might require several minutes before it can stop WINS, and you can proceed with restoring the database.

  • When restoring the database, WINS requires that the backup path used for restoration match the path that was originally specified in Server Properties as the Backup path.

  • WINS does not permit you to restore the server databases remotely from another computer.

  • The restore option is only available when viewing a computer on which WINS is stopped. In some cases, you might need to refresh the WINS console to activate the restore option. If necessary, click Refresh from the Action menu to refresh the server node so that the WINS console detects that WINS is stopped on the server.

  • In case of database corruption, the WINS database can be restored from the backup. You can sometimes repair WINS database corruption by incrementing the starting version count for the WINS server and restarting the server.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Set the WINS database path
Set the WINS database backup path
Back up the WINS database
Increase the starting version count
Start or stop a WINS server
The WINS database