The ExitWindowsEx() Function May Not Log Off the User or Shut Down the Computer If the Computer is Locked

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SYMPTOMS

If a program uses the ExitWindowsEx function with the EWX_FORCE bit to log off a user or to shut down the computer when the computer is locked, the program may not log off the user or shut down the computer, and a blank screen that is the same color as the desktop color is displayed.

The same problem occurs if you use the Shutdown.exe program to remotely shut down the computer when the computer is locked. Note that the Shutdown.exe program is included with the Windows 2000 Resource Kit.

CAUSE

This problem can occur because the Winlogon process does not handle either the user log off or the computer shut down requests correctly when the computer is locked.

This problem also occurs with the Shutdown.exe program because this program uses the ExitWindowsEx function.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English-language version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time      Version        Size     File name
   ----------------------------------------------------------
   3/12/2001  02:41p    5.0.2195.3357  331,536   Msgina.dll 
   3/12/2001  2:40 PM   5.0.2195.3357  178,448   Winlogon.exe
				

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about how to obtain a hotfix for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265173 The Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product
For additional information about how to install multiple hotfixes with only one reboot, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
296861 Use QChain.exe to Install Multiple Hotfixes with One Reboot
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

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Article ID: 288180 - Last Review: February 21, 2007 - Revision: 3.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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