Error message when you run a Borland MS-DOS based application: "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running"

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SYMPTOMS

In Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, when you run a Borland MS-DOS based application that uses the "Copyright (C) Rational Systems Inc." signature in the extended header (rational extended header), you may receive the following error message:

The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer…

CAUSE

This problem occurs because, when the system loads the application, the system checks for the string "Copyright (C) Rational Systems Inc." in the application's headers. There is an error in the calculation of offset in the headers when the system looks for this string. Then, the system compares against data at the wrong offset. Because the comparison is performed with incorrect data, the string comparison fails. Therefore, the correct application compatibility behavior is not given for these applications and the application crashes.

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

No prerequisites are required to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You must restart the 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 Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
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    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.0.6000.20xxxWindows RTM LDR
    6.0.6001.22xxxWindows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP1 SP1 LDR
  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxxx version number.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and MUM files (.mum) installed for each environment are listed separately. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are critical to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files (attributes not listed) are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.0.6000.209673,504,90402-Dec-200804:35Not Applicable
Ntoskrnl.exe6.0.6000.209673,471,11202-Dec-200804:35Not Applicable
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.0.6001.223203,600,13602-Dec-200805:25Not Applicable
Ntoskrnl.exe6.0.6001.223203,547,40002-Dec-200805:25Not Applicable
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntoskrnl.exe6.0.6000.209674,413,70402-Dec-200805:24x64
Ntoskrnl.exe6.0.6001.223204,692,23202-Dec-200806:03x64
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntoskrnl.exe6.0.6001.223209,491,20802-Dec-200806:09IA-64

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
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File namePackage_for_kb960251_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,426
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,367
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,713
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,421
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,423
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,425
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,431
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpesrv_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,422
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpesrv~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,430
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpe_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,420
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpe~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,424
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File nameX86_61118deb959313aa8ac63c9dd23aacdb_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20967_none_07557d956a880ade.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size697
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File nameX86_927047375d54c1180d93c3249e7066d8_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22320_none_97a45191a5df027c.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size697
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20967_none_6a99e60fd0447496.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,806
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)04:56
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22320_none_6ca4625fcd50e462.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,806
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)05:50
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
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File nameAmd64_44f7433121dbf21aadfdca5073436c9c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22320_none_521aa0bf7cdb7ab2.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size701
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File nameAmd64_9d4ec59c768884fd7711f6dc7ac0bcb6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20967_none_89a71472a7217b87.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size701
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20967_none_c6b8819388a1e5cc.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size16,512
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)05:41
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22320_none_c8c2fde385ae5598.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size16,512
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)06:47
File namePackage_for_kb960251_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,434
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,723
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,429
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,431
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,433
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,439
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpesrv_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,430
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpesrv~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,438
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpe_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,428
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpe~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,432
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameIa64_3f689e0a51abd764c671aeeeabf8525f_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22320_none_c3ada1e2884a2377.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size699
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22320_none_6ca60655cd4eed5e.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size16,819
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)07:15
File namePackage_for_kb960251_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,425
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,426
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,429
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,434
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpesrv_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,426
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
File namePackage_for_kb960251_winpesrv~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,433
Date (UTC)02-Dec-2008
Time (UTC)14:11
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Article ID: 960251 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
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