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If you start a program that installs a Windows Journal hook (WH_JOURNALRECORD) with a call to SetWindowsHookEx, and you then press the Windows Logo key, the computer may stop responding (hang) and may generate an error in Kernel32.
This behavior is caused by a problem in User.exe. When you press the Windows Logo key, User.exe cancels journaling, which results in an internal variable being set to null. The problem is that User.exe immediately attempts to dereference this same variable after it has been set to null.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
Date Time Version Size File name Operating system --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5/10/2001 1:29pm 18.104.22.1681 549,664 User.exe Windows 98 5/10/2001 1:31pm 22.214.171.1241 55,296 User32.dll Windows 98 4/19/2001 8:33am 126.96.36.1991 549,792 User.exe Windows 98 Second Edition 4/19/2001 8:36am 188.8.131.521 55,296 User32.dll Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
For additional information about Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition hotfixes, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
206071 General Information About Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition Hotfixes