Hidden windows of custom programs unexpectedly appear on the screen as blank windows in Windows XP

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SYMPTOMS

When you run certain custom programs on your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, some of the program's windows that typically are hidden to users may unexpectedly appear on the screen as blank windows.

CAUSE

This problem may occur after you install the hotfix that is documented in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824141 MS03-045: Buffer overrun in the ListBox and in the ComboBox control could allow code execution

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

Because of file dependencies, this hotfix requires Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1).

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
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09-Dec-2003  13:08  5.1.2600.1325  1,678,080  Win32k.sys

STATUS

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

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, remove the 824141 hotfix that is installed on your computer. To do so:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. In the list of currently installed programs, click Windows XP Hotfix - KB824141, and then click Remove.
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to remove the hotfix.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 833509 - Last Review: August 29, 2007 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbwinxpsp2fix kbwinxppresp2fix kbfix kbbug KB833509

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