This article was previously published under Q142648
After a user-mode application attempts to open certain internal Windows NTFile System (NTFS) meta-files, Windows NT may halt with the kernel modetrap screen STOP 0x00000024 in Ntfs.sys or STOP 0x0000001e in Ntoskrnl.The internal system files in question are not visible to applications andthe errors described above would not be expected to occur for the reasonstated here under normal usage. Only if an application knows the names andlocations of the files and there is a deliberate attempt to access themwill the system halt.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT versions 3.51and 4.0. This problem was corrected in the latest Windows NT 3.51 U.S.Service Pack and in the latest Windows NT 4.0 U.S. Service Pack. Forinformation on obtaining the Service Pack, query on the following word inthe Microsoft Knowledge Base (without the spaces):