Disconnected WinStation Sessions that Generate a "Hard Error" Dialog Boxes Cannot be Reset

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
SYMPTOMS
Terminal Server clients go into a "down" state and cannot be reset.
CAUSE
If a disconnected session has an active "Hard Error" dialog box that is generated by a DOS or 16-bit program, it cannot be reset. If a reset is attempted on the workstation, it stays in a "down" state until the computer is restarted.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack

WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, you can disable dialog boxes from ever being displayed. This is done with a registry setting. For additional information, see the following article or articles in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
124873 Disabling System Hard Error Message Dialog Boxes
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows\ErrorMode
  3. Change the default value of 0 to 2.The following table defines the three possible values for ErrorMode:
       Value   Result   -----   ----------------------------------------------------------------     0     Errors are serialized and wait for a response.      1     If the error does not come from the system, then the system           continues in normal operating mode. If the error comes from the           system, then it is written to the system log; no user           intervention is required and dialog boxes are not displayed.      2     The error is written to the system log; the dialog box is not           displayed.						
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5.

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Article ID: 229012 - Last Review: 01/10/2015 11:55:08 - Revision: 1.3

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