WOW Leak Launching Many Instances of a 16-Bit Application

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SYMPTOMS

In cases where 16-bit applications are launched repeatedly in separate Virtual DOS Machines (VDMs), system resources may be depleted because of a WOW memory leak. Symptoms of the leak condition will be popup errors messages indicating "low virtual memory" and potential system crashes if memory resources are severely depleted over a long period of time. The problem can be recognized by monitoring MemUsage under Windows NT Task Manager or by running Performance Monitor using the following counters:

   Object: Process
   Counter: Handle count and Private Bytes
   Instance: csrss
				

CAUSE

There is a memory leak in Wow32.dll and Winbase.dll.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.

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Article ID: 186495 - Last Review: October 8, 2013 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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