Microsoft KB Archive/170523

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Article ID: 170523

Article Last Modified on 6/24/2004


  • Microsoft Chat 2.0
  • Microsoft Chat 2.0

This article was previously published under Q170523


When you use Plain Text view in Chat, you see text as you type it, but it may not appear in the Chat window when you send it.


This behavior can occur if the Riched32.dll file in the Windows\System folder is missing or damaged.


Extract or expand a new copy of the Riched32.dll file from your original Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 disks or CD-ROM into the Windows\System folder.

Windows 95

The Riched32.dll file is located in the cabinet file on the Windows 95 CD-ROM or disk 4 of your original Windows 95 disks.

For information about using the Extract tool, type "extract" (without quotation marks) at a command prompt, or see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files

Windows NT 4.0

The Riched32.dll file is located in the I386 folder on the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM. Use the following command at a command prompt to expand a copy of the Riched32.dll file to the Windows\System folder:

expand <cd-rom drive>:\i386\riched32.dl_ c:\windows\system\riched32.dll


This problem does not occur if you are using Comic Strip view.

The Riched32.dll file is a system file that is used by programs that support Rich Text Format (RTF). If the Riched32.dll file is missing or damaged, such programs may also be affected.

For information about using Plain Text view in Chat, see the "Chatting Using Text Only" topic in Chat Help. To do so, click Help Topics on the Help menu in Chat, and then double-click Chatting Using Text Only.

Additional query words: 2.00 comic

Keywords: kbenv KB170523