Microsoft KB Archive/173022

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Article ID: 173022

Article Last Modified on 10/8/2003


  • Microsoft Publisher 97 Standard Edition, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

This article was previously published under Q173022


When you attempt to run Microsoft Publisher, you may receive this error message:

The file C:\Windows\System\THREED.VBX is out of date. This program requires a newer version.


This error message appears when either of the following is true:

  • An older version of Threed.vbx is on the hard disk and may still be in memory.

- or -

  • The Threed.vbx file may be damaged.


To correct this problem, search the hard disk for all copies of Threed.vbx. The correct Threed.vbx, which is installed by Publisher 97, should be located in the \Windows\System folder and it should have a modified date of August 6, 1996 or later. The Threed.vbx file that ships with Publisher 97 has the following additional specifications:

File Size: 64,432 bytes
File Version:
Product Version:

If you find a copy of Threed.vbx in the \Windows folder, rename it. If the Threed.vbx file in the \Windows\System folder does not have the correct size and/or date, copy this file from the root folder of the Publisher 97 compact disc.


Publisher uses the Threed.vbx file to display three-dimensional controls. Other programs also use this file, so this problem may occur after you install additional software on your computer.

Additional query words: pub97 pub4 4.00 w_mspub bad or missing pub95 pub3

Keywords: kberrmsg kbprb kbusage KB173022