In this scenario, a NullReferenceException exception occurs in the IStyleConnector.Connect method, and then the WPF application crashes.
This issue occurs because the inner template is quoted when the outer template is applied. When the application calls the IStyleConnector.Connect method, the instance of the control in the inner template is not available. Therefore, a NullReferenceException exception occurs.
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. 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.
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To apply this hotfix, you must have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed.
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Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfix.
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For all supported x86-based versions of Windows XP, of Windows Server 2003, of Windows Vista, of Windows Server 2008, and of Windows 7
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows XP, of Windows Server 2003, of Windows Vista, of Windows Server 2008, of Windows 7, and of Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:
Set the style reference to a dynamic resource.
Set the inner template as a resource for the outer template, and then remove the nest relationship.