Resolving npm err! Windows_NT 6.1.7601

Posted on May 18, 2022

Learn how to resolve npm error Windows_NT 6.1.7601 flag

When running npm commands using a Windows computer, you may frequently see an npm error that starts with Windows_NT 6.1.7601.

The example error looks like this:

npm ERR! Windows_NT 6.1.7601
npm ERR! argv "D:\\Programs\\nodejs\\node.exe" 
"D:\\Programs\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" 
"install" "webpack"
npm ERR! node v10.24.1
npm ERR! npm  v6.14.12
npm ERR! code ENOSELF

Windows_NT is the name of the Windows operating system that’s included in the product version text. Version 6.1.7601 means you’re using Windows 7 Operating System (link)

The error Windows_NT has nothing to do with your Windows computer. It’s similar to how you see the name Darwin when you trigger an npm error on Mac devices:

npm ERR! Darwin 21.4.0
npm ERR! argv "/Users/nsebhastian/.nvm/versions/node/v16.13.0/bin/node" 
"/Users/nsebhastian/.nvm/versions/node/v16.13.0/bin/npm" 
"install" "webpack"
npm ERR! node v16.13.0
npm ERR! npm  v8.1.0
npm ERR! unsupported proxy protocol: 'username:'

To resolve this kind of error, you need to look further into the error details generated by your npm command.

For example, the error code ENOSELF is triggered when you try to install a module that has the same name as the project name in your package.json file:

npm ERR! Windows_NT 6.1.7601
npm ERR! argv "D:\\Programs\\nodejs\\node.exe" 
"D:\\Programs\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" 
"install" "webpack"
npm ERR! node v10.24.1
npm ERR! npm  v6.14.12

npm ERR! code ENOSELF
npm ERR! Refusing to install package with name "webpack" under a package
npm ERR! also called "webpack". Did you name your project the same
npm ERR! as the dependency you're installing?
npm ERR!
npm ERR! For more information, see:

To solve this error, you need to change the name property in your package.json file:

{
  "name": "webpack",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
  },
  "keywords": [],
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC"
}

Once the project name has changed, you should be able to install the dependency successfully.

To fix the Windows_NT error, you need to look at the error description below the node and npm versions output as shown above.

Here’s another error:

npm ERR! Windows_NT 6.1.7601
npm ERR! argv "D:\\Programs\\nodejs\\node.exe" 
"D:\\Programs\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" 
"start"
npm ERR! node v10.24.1
npm ERR! npm  v6.14.12
npm ERR! Missing script: "start"

The error above appears when you run the npm start command but you don’t have the start script in your package.json file.

You need to let Node knows what to run with npm start in the scripts property as shown below:

{
  "name": "my-app",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node index",
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
  },
  "keywords": [],
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC"
}

To conclude, the error Windows_NT 6.1.7601 is just npm letting you know the Operating System used by your device. Any kind of npm error could return this output.

The OS version was added to the output because it may help npm developers and maintainers investigate reported errors.

The actual problem with the command you run is commonly stated under the node and npm versions output, so you need to look there to fix the issue.

Additionally, you can run the command with the --verbose option to make npm return more details on the problem:

npm install --verbose
# or
npm start --verbose

The option should help you to find the real issue with your command.

I hope this tutorial has been useful for you. 🙏

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