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Microsoft KB Archive/924032

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You may be unable to open or to run some programs after you install updates from Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-016

Article ID: 924032

Article Last Modified on 3/20/2007



APPLIES TO

  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP for Itanium-based Systems Version 2003
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition



SYMPTOMS

After you install the updates in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-016, you may be unable to open or to run some programs.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the Microsoft Windows operating system cannot find the executable files and the DLL files that belong to the programs. After you install the security bulletin updates, the Windows operating system enables the system path variable to be longer than 1024 characters. This is true for any program that is installed after you install the security bulletin updates. However, the maximum length of the variable can only be 1024 characters. When you try to open the program, the system path is truncated to 1024 characters, and the truncated version is written to the registry. Therefore, the Windows operating system cannot find the program files.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-016, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Keywords: kbtshoot kbsecurity kbprb KB924032