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When you use a user account that has a user name that contains Unicode characters on a Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)-based computer, the username fails the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) authentication. Therefore, you cannot access the local network.
This problem occurs because of the EAPHost architecture in Windows XP SP3. When you try to authenticate, the EAPHost converts the EAP ID message to Unicode. However, the server tries to read the EAP ID message as ASCII. Therefore, if the user identity has the ASCII characters 128 through 255, the EAP authentication fails.
Hotfix informationA 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.
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, submit a request to 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=supportNote 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.
PrerequisitesTo apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 3 installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/ )How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Restart requirementY ou do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
Registry informationImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
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Windows XP with Service Pack 3, x86-based versions
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about the EAPHost architecture, visit the following Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa363523(VS.85).aspxFor more information about Internet Authentication Service (IAS), visit the following Web site:
Article ID: 957218 - Last Review: September 4, 2008 - Revision: 1.0
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