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Article ID: 175644

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q175644

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SYMPTOMS

Applications that are running on a computer running Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation may fail, but there is no error message or any other indication of failure, and no log is ever created.

CAUSE

During the installation of certain applications such as Visual C++ 5.0, the setup program changes the default debugger to the application itself. If that application is installed in a location that contains a long file name, or spaces in the path, the previously described symptom occurs.

RESOLUTION

Use one of the following methods to resolve this problem. The first two methods change the default debugger back to Dr. Watson.

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Method 1

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Command Prompt.
  2. Type the following command to start Dr. Watson and change Dr. Watson to the default debugger:


Drwtsn32 -i

Method 2

  1. Run Registry Editor (regedt32.exe).
  2. Go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion \AeDebug

NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.

  1. To change the default debugger back to Dr. Watson, modify the debugger value to the following:

Value Name: Debugger Data Type : REG_SZ Data : Drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld

Method 3

The following method will allow Visual C++ 5.0 to run as the default debugger:

  1. Run Registry Editor (regedt32.exe).
  2. Go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion \AeDeb

NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.

  1. Modify the current debugger path to use the short file name, or place quotation marks around the data path to allow the spaces to be correctly interpreted.


For example, if Visual C++ 5.0 is installed and the path is C:\Program Files\<application>, change the data value to the following:
Value Name: Debugger Data Type : REG_SZ Data : C:\Progra~1\DevStudio\SharedIDE\Bin\Msdev.exe %ld -e %ld

-or-
Data : "C:\Program Files\DevStudio\SharedIDE\Bin\Msdev.exe %ld -e %ld"

NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.


STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

MORE INFORMATION

When an application fails on a computer running Windows NT, that application tries to load a specified debugger, to log information about the failure. Windows NT attaches the specified debugger to the application, and generates a log will that contains information about the cause of the application failure. By default, Windows NT launches Dr. Watson. However, certain applications may change this default and include the path to the new debugger.

If the path includes a long file name such as:

   C:\Program Files\...
                



Windows NT will not read the path correctly, and the debugger for an application that is failing will not load unless the full path is specified in the user's environment.


Additional query words: load fails crash crashes disappears

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