Microsoft KB Archive/250466

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Article ID: 250466

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


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

This article was previously published under Q250466


After you install Security Configuration Manager (SCM), you may experience the following problems:

  • Directory permissions may appear incorrect when you view them in Windows Explorer. For example, when you view existing permissions, the users and groups (if applied) are listed but none of the boxes are selectd, that is Full Control, Read, or Write, even though they may have those permissions.

    Existing directory permissions may be incorrect after using Windows Explorer to add or change permissions.

NOTE: These issues occur only on NTFS partitions, because FAT partitions can not have directory or file level permissions.


The Security Configuration Manager included with Windows NT 4.0 Service Packs starting with Service Pack 4 runs as a part of the Explorer.exe file and provides compatibility with Windows 2000. The new SCM incorrectly interprets existing directory security information.


A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English-language version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:

Version compatible with systems running Service Pack 6:

   Date      Time   Version        Size     File name    Platform
   12/23/99  12:49  4.0.1381.7032   70,928  Aclui.dll    i386
   12/23/99  12:49  4.0.1381.7032   85,264  Ntmarta.dll  i386
   12/23/99  12:49  4.0.1381.7032  113,936  Aclui.dll    alpha
   12/23/99  12:49  4.0.1381.7032  143,120  Ntmarta.dll  alpha

Version compatible with systems running Service Pack 4:

   Date      Time                 Size    File name     Platform
   01/24/00  10:53a             70,928    aclui.dll     x86
   01/24/00  11:11a             86,288    ntmarta.dll   x86
   01/24/00  11:16a            115,472    aclui.dll     alpha
   01/24/00  12:49p            146,704    ntmarta.dll   alpha


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0.


To work around this issue:

  • Install the hotfix described in this article. The hotfix should be installed on all computers that have MSSCE installed.
  • If the hotfix or service pack cannot be installed, manually change existing permissions in the Advanced dialog box for the affected users or groups to Apply to: "This folder, subfolders and files".
  • Set the permissions using Winfile.exe also works, regardless of whether the MSSCE has been install or not.

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