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Microsoft KB Archive/172500

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Article ID: 172500

Article Last Modified on 10/11/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172500


When you open a file in Microsoft Excel, you may receive one of the following error messages, and afterwards, you cannot open the file.

Microsoft Windows 95

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

If you click Details, you may receive an error message similar to the following:

Excel caused an invalid page fault in module Excel.exe at 0137:3046dff3.

Microsoft Windows NT

Dr. Watson for Windows NT An application error has occurred and an application error log is being generated.


Exception: access violation (0xc0000005), Address 0x3046f230.

Microsoft Windows 2000

The instruction at "0x3046ff43" referenced memory at "0x00000018". The memory could not be "written".


This problem occurs when all of the following conditions are true:

  • You rename a worksheet in a workbook.


  • You change the code name of a worksheet with a Visual Basic for Applications macro.


  • You save the workbook.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Excel 97. This problem no longer occurs in Microsoft Excel 2000.


For additional information about how to recover information from damaged files, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

142117 XL: Summary of Methods to Recover Data from Corrupted Files


For more information about code names, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type "codename," click Search, and then click to view "CodeName Property."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions

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