A 16-bit application that uses initialization (.ini) files does not work correctly in a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services session

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You install the Terminal Services role on computer that is running Windows Server 2008.
  • You run a 16-bit application in a Terminal Services session.
  • The application uses initialization (.ini) files in the %Windir% directory.
In this scenario, you experience the following issues:
  • The application cannot read its initialization file. Therefore, the settings or the parameters for the application may not be correct when the application starts.
  • The application cannot write to its initialization file. Therefore, the application cannot save its settings or its parameters.
  • The application cannot create temporary (.tmp) files.


Notes: Additional investigation reveals that the application tries to read or write to files that are located in the %Windir% directory.

CAUSE

The issue occurs because the TSAWARE linker option is set in the ntvdm.exe file that is hosted by the 16-bit application. This behavior prevents the application from working correctly in a Terminal Services session.

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 the problem that is described in this article. 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 website:
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

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).


For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Registry information

You do not have to make any changes to the registry to use this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows Server 2008 file information notes
Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
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    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.0.600 1 . 22xxxWindows Server 2008SP1LDR
    6.0.600 2 . 22xxxWindows Server 2008SP2LDR
  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ansi.sysNot applicable9,02924-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Append.exeNot applicable12,49824-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Autoexec.batNot applicable2417-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Autoexec.ntNot applicable1,68817-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Bios1.romNot applicable28,42017-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Bios4.romNot applicable8,19117-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Comm.drv3.10.0.10310,54424-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Command.comNot applicable50,64824-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Commdlg.dll3.10.0.10332,81624-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Config.ntNot applicable2,57717-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Config.sysNot applicable1017-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Country.sysNot applicable27,09724-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Csrstub.exe6.0.6001.2280446,08024-Nov-201013:26x86
Ctl3dv2.dll2.99.0.027,20017-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Ddeml.dll3.50.0.10339,42424-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Debug.exeNot applicable20,63424-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Dosx.exeNot applicable53,53624-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Drwatson.exe3.10.0.10328,11224-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Edit.comNot applicable69,88617-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Edit.hlpNot applicable10,79017-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Edlin.exeNot applicable12,64224-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ega.cpiNot applicable127,21304-Mar-201005:54Not applicable
Exe2bin.exeNot applicable8,42424-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Fastopen.exeNot applicable88224-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Gdi.exe3.10.0.10324,57624-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Graftabl.com6.0.6001.2280456,32024-Nov-201013:26Not applicable
Graphics.comNot applicable19,69424-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Graphics.proNot applicable21,23217-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Himem.sysNot applicable4,76824-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Kb16.comNot applicable14,71024-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Key01.sysNot applicable42,80924-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Keyboard.drv3.10.0.1032,00024-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Keyboard.sysNot applicable42,53724-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Krnl386.exe3.10.0.10392,32024-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Lanman.drv2.10.0.1221,60017-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Loadfix.comNot applicable1,13124-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Lzexpand.dll3.10.0.1039,93617-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Mem.exeNot applicable39,27424-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Mmsystem.dll3.10.0.10368,99224-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Mmtask.tsk3.10.0.1031,15224-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Mouse.drv3.10.0.1032,03224-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Mscdexnt.exeNot applicable71824-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Netapi.dll3.11.0.300108,46417-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Nlsfunc.exeNot applicable7,05224-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntdos.sysNot applicable27,86624-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntdos404.sysNot applicable29,14624-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntdos411.sysNot applicable29,37024-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntdos412.sysNot applicable29,27424-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntdos804.sysNot applicable29,14624-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntio.sysNot applicable33,95224-Nov-201012:13Not applicable
Ntio404.sysNot applicable34,67224-Nov-201012:13Not applicable
Ntio411.sysNot applicable35,77624-Nov-201012:13Not applicable
Ntio412.sysNot applicable35,53624-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Ntio804.sysNot applicable34,67224-Nov-201012:13Not applicable
Ntvdm.exe6.0.6001.22804521,21624-Nov-201013:26x86
Ntvdmd.dll6.0.6001.2280414,84824-Nov-201015:08x86
Olecli.dll1.32.0.082,94417-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Olesvr.dll1.11.0.024,06424-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Pmspl.dll2.10.0.146,59217-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Redir.exeNot applicable2,84224-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Setver.exeNot applicable11,75324-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Share.exeNot applicable88224-Nov-201012:14Not applicable
Shell.dll3.10.0.1035,12024-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Sound.drv3.10.0.1031,74424-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Sysedit.exe3.10.0.10318,89617-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
System.drv3.10.0.1033,36024-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Timer.drv3.10.0.1034,04824-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Toolhelp.dll3.10.0.10313,88824-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
User.exe3.10.0.10347,84024-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
V7vga.romNot applicable18,83217-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Vdmredir.dll6.0.6001.2280441,98424-Nov-201015:09x86
Ver.dll3.10.0.1039,00817-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Vga.drv3.10.0.1032,17624-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Wfwnet.drv3.10.0.10312,70424-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Wifeman.dll3.10.0.1039,21624-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Win.com6.0.6001.228046,65624-Nov-201013:26Not applicable
Win87em.dllNot applicable13,31217-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Winhelp.exe3.10.0.425256,19217-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Winnls.dll3.10.0.1035,12024-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Winoldap.mod3.10.0.1032,08024-Nov-201012:16Not applicable
Winsock.dll3.10.0.1032,86424-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Winspool.exe3.10.0.1032,11224-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Wow32.dll6.0.6001.22804273,92024-Nov-201015:10x86
Wowdeb.exe3.10.0.1032,86424-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
Wowexec.exe3.10.0.1038,96024-Nov-201012:15Not applicable
_default.pifNot applicable70717-Mar-201004:57Not applicable
Ansi.sysNot applicable9,02924-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Append.exeNot applicable12,49824-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Autoexec.batNot applicable2404-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Autoexec.ntNot applicable1,68804-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Bios1.romNot applicable28,42004-Apr-200905:34Not applicable
Bios4.romNot applicable8,19104-Apr-200905:34Not applicable
Comm.drv3.10.0.10310,54424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Command.comNot applicable50,64824-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Commdlg.dll3.10.0.10332,81624-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Config.ntNot applicable2,57704-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Config.sysNot applicable1004-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Country.sysNot applicable27,09724-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Csrstub.exe6.0.6002.2253246,08024-Nov-201013:46x86
Ctl3dv2.dll2.99.0.027,20004-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Ddeml.dll3.50.0.10339,42424-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Debug.exeNot applicable20,63424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Dosx.exeNot applicable53,53624-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Drwatson.exe3.10.0.10328,11224-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Edit.comNot applicable69,88604-Apr-200905:32Not applicable
Edit.hlpNot applicable10,79004-Apr-200905:32Not applicable
Edlin.exeNot applicable12,64224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ega.cpiNot applicable127,21303-Apr-200921:19Not applicable
Exe2bin.exeNot applicable8,42424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Fastopen.exeNot applicable88224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Gdi.exe3.10.0.10324,57624-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Graftabl.com6.0.6002.2253256,32024-Nov-201013:46Not applicable
Graphics.comNot applicable19,69424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Graphics.proNot applicable21,23204-Apr-200905:32Not applicable
Himem.sysNot applicable4,76824-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Kb16.comNot applicable14,71024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Key01.sysNot applicable42,80924-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Keyboard.drv3.10.0.1032,00024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Keyboard.sysNot applicable42,53724-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Krnl386.exe3.10.0.10392,32024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Lanman.drv2.10.0.1221,60004-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Loadfix.comNot applicable1,13124-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Lzexpand.dll3.10.0.1039,93604-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Mem.exeNot applicable39,27424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Mmsystem.dll3.10.0.10368,99224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Mmtask.tsk3.10.0.1031,15224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Mouse.drv3.10.0.1032,03224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Mscdexnt.exeNot applicable71824-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Netapi.dll3.11.0.300108,46404-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Nlsfunc.exeNot applicable7,05224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ntdos.sysNot applicable27,86624-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ntdos404.sysNot applicable29,14624-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ntdos411.sysNot applicable29,37024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ntdos412.sysNot applicable29,27424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ntdos804.sysNot applicable29,14624-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Ntio.sysNot applicable33,95224-Nov-201012:04Not applicable
Ntio404.sysNot applicable34,67224-Nov-201012:04Not applicable
Ntio411.sysNot applicable35,77624-Nov-201012:04Not applicable
Ntio412.sysNot applicable35,53624-Nov-201012:04Not applicable
Ntio804.sysNot applicable34,67224-Nov-201012:04Not applicable
Ntvdm.exe6.0.6002.22532521,21624-Nov-201013:46x86
Ntvdmd.dll6.0.6002.2253214,84824-Nov-201016:07x86
Olecli.dll1.32.0.082,94404-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Olesvr.dll1.11.0.024,06424-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Pmspl.dll2.10.0.146,59204-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Redir.exeNot applicable2,84224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Setver.exeNot applicable11,75324-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Share.exeNot applicable88224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Shell.dll3.10.0.1035,12024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Sound.drv3.10.0.1031,74424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Sysedit.exe3.10.0.10318,89604-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
System.drv3.10.0.1033,36024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Timer.drv3.10.0.1034,04824-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Toolhelp.dll3.10.0.10313,88824-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
User.exe3.10.0.10347,84024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
V7vga.romNot applicable18,83204-Apr-200905:34Not applicable
Vdmredir.dll6.0.6002.2253241,98424-Nov-201016:08x86
Ver.dll3.10.0.1039,00804-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Vga.drv3.10.0.1032,17624-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Wfwnet.drv3.10.0.10312,70424-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Wifeman.dll3.10.0.1039,21624-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Win.com6.0.6002.225326,65624-Nov-201013:46Not applicable
Win87em.dllNot applicable13,31204-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Winhelp.exe3.10.0.425256,19204-Apr-200905:31Not applicable
Winnls.dll3.10.0.1035,12024-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Winoldap.mod3.10.0.1032,08024-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Winsock.dll3.10.0.1032,86424-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Winspool.exe3.10.0.1032,11224-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
Wow32.dll6.0.6002.22532273,92024-Nov-201016:08x86
Wowdeb.exe3.10.0.1032,86424-Nov-201012:06Not applicable
Wowexec.exe3.10.0.1038,96024-Nov-201012:05Not applicable
_default.pifNot applicable70704-Apr-200905:33Not applicable

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the /TSAWARE option, visit the following Microsoft website:
General information about the /TSAWARE option
For more information about software update terminology, 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

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameX86_158b0c2b63197cfea2bc4ead2da3736e_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22804_none_893f40f30a46333e.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size702
Date (UTC)24-Nov-2010
Time (UTC)20:53
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_d973291a8891943d825a5cd862f563f0_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22532_none_ea346351bfe9cb15.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size702
Date (UTC)24-Nov-2010
Time (UTC)20:53
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-ntvdm-system32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22804_none_fe9b24578ba7c8d3.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size137,379
Date (UTC)24-Nov-2010
Time (UTC)15:27
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-ntvdm-system32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22532_none_005f25e788e83f1c.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size137,379
Date (UTC)24-Nov-2010
Time (UTC)16:27
PlatformNot applicable

Properties

Article ID: 2462310 - Last Review: December 17, 2010 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation
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