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When you try to log off a Windows Vista-based computer, you may receive the following error message:
Additionally, you may hear a "ding" sound.
AtBroker.exe - Application error
The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142).
Click OK to terminate the application.
This problem occurs because of a timing issue between the Winlogon.exe process and the Atbroker.exe process. This timing issue causes Windows Vista to start the Atbroker.exe process on the wrong desktop. If the Atbroker.exe process cannot run on this desktop, you may receive the error message.
This problem disappears automatically after several seconds. Then, the logoff process succeeds. Therefore, you can safely ignore this error message and the "ding" sound. This problem does not harm the computer.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
The secure desktop is the desktop that is displayed when you perform one of the following actions:
Article ID: 940542 - Last Review: October 31, 2007 - Revision: 1.2