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When you use Network Dynamic Data Exchange (Netdde.exe) to communicate between a Windows 2000 service and an interactive program that are on the same computer, the Netdde.exe service may stop responding. The program or service may stop responding (hang), and Task Manager cannot end Netdde.exe.
This behavior occurs only if multiple connection attempts are made in rapid succession.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.