IExpress self-expanding .exe file that is created in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 cannot be executed on a computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or an earlier version of Windows

Se aplica a: Windows 8Windows 8 EnterpriseWindows 8 Pro

Symptoms


Assume that you have a Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based computer that has Internet Explorer 10 installed. You create a self-expanding .exe file by using the IExpress program on the computer. In this situation, the file cannot be executed on a computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or a version of Windows that is earlier than Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.

For example, consider the following scenario:
  • You create a self-expanding .exe file by using the IExpress program on a Windows Server 2012-based computer.
  • You copy the file to a computer that is running Windows XP.
  • You try to run the file on the Windows XP-based computer.
In this scenario, you cannot run the file, and you receive an error message that resembles the following:
Invalid Win32 application

Resolution


Hotfix information

To resolve this issue, install this hotfix on a Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based computer. 

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 this specific problem.

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, submit a request to 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: 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 8 or Windows Server 2012.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Status


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

More Information


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824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates