The "GetFileVersionInfo" function for localized binary files may return incorrect file-version information in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista Service Pack 1

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SYMPTOMS

In Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), the GetFileVersionInfo function for localized binary files may return incorrect file-version information.

For example, the correct file version of the following file is 7.00.6001.18000:
Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
However, GetFileVersionInfo returns 7.00.6000.16386.

Additionally, if you use the software inventory function in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 or in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 to scan for required updates for Windows Server 2008 or for Windows Vista, incorrect results may be returned. This occurs because SMS 2003 and SCCM 2007 use the GetFileVersionInfo function to query file-version information.

Note This issue does not occur in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because Microsoft has modified how file-version information is retrieved in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista.

File-version information has a fixed part and a nonfixed part. The fixed part contains information such as the version number. The nonfixed part contains things such as strings. In earlier operating systems, the GetFileVersionInfo function takes file-version information from the binary file. (This file is an .exe file or a .dll file.)

However, in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista, GetFileVersionInfo queries the fixed part of the file-version information from the multilanguage file (an .exe file or a .dll file) and queries the nonfixed part of the file-version information from the .mui file. Then, GetFileVersionInfo merges the fixed and nonfixed parts of the file-version information and returns the result to the user. If a particular binary file does not have a corresponding .mui file, file-version information retrieval reverts to the behavior of the earlier operating system.

SMS 2003 and SCCM 2007 determine file version information by using the GetFileVersionInfo API. Therefore, file-version information for localized binary files is different in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista than in earlier operating systems.

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 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 Web site:
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.

Important Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only one of these products may be listed on the “Hotfix Request” page. To request the hotfix package that applies to both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, just select the product that is listed on the page.

Prerequisites

You must have Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1, x86 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Acres.dll6.0.6001.223042,56007-Nov-200802:02x86
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable3,267,08206-Nov-200823:33Not applicable
Acgenral.dll6.0.6001.223042,156,54407-Nov-200804:29x86
Windows Server 2008, IA-64 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformService branch
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable51,33207-Nov-200800:30Not applicableNot applicable
Acgenral.dll6.0.6001.22304527,36007-Nov-200805:44IA-64Not applicable
Acres.dll6.0.6001.223042,56007-Nov-200802:02x86WOW
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable3,267,08206-Nov-200823:33Not applicableWOW
Acgenral.dll6.0.6001.223042,156,54407-Nov-200804:29x86Not applicable
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1, x64 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformService branch
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable53,66407-Nov-200800:24Not applicableNot applicable
Acgenral.dll6.0.6001.22304283,13607-Nov-200806:12x64Not applicable
Acres.dll6.0.6001.223042,56007-Nov-200802:02x86WOW
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable3,267,08206-Nov-200823:33Not applicableWOW
Acgenral.dll6.0.6001.223042,156,54407-Nov-200804:29x86Not applicable
Additional files for Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Vista SP1, x86 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Package_for_kb959441_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,36707-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,43007-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,42507-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,43007-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_0cafd9e90b666b41.manifestNot applicable4,17407-Nov-200805:04Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_0cb1da7d0b649def.manifestNot applicable10,07307-Nov-200805:05Not applicable
Additional files for Windows Server 2008, IA-64 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ia64_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_0cb17ddf0b64743d.manifestNot applicable3,30807-Nov-200809:13Not applicable
Ia64_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_0cb37e730b62a6eb.manifestNot applicable6,28107-Nov-200809:13Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,42907-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,43407-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Wow64_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_73231fbef8249e72.manifestNot applicable4,11107-Nov-200804:56Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_0cb1da7d0b649def.manifestNot applicable10,07307-Nov-200805:05Not applicable
Additional files for Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Vista SP1, x64 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Amd64_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_68ce756cc3c3dc77.manifestNot applicable3,31107-Nov-200809:03Not applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_68d07600c3c20f25.manifestNot applicable6,92007-Nov-200809:04Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,37507-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,43807-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,43307-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Package_for_kb959441_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot applicable1,43807-Nov-200818:44Not applicable
Wow64_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_73231fbef8249e72.manifestNot applicable4,11107-Nov-200804:56Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-a..ence-mitigations-c3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22304_none_0cb1da7d0b649def.manifestNot applicable10,07307-Nov-200805:05Not 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 GetFileVersionInfo function, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms647003.aspx
For more information, 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

Properties

Article ID: 959441 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003
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