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FIX: "Could Not Execute" Error Message When You Attach Visual C++ Debugger to a Process

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When you attach the Visual C++ 6.0 debugger to a process, you receive the following error message:
Could not execute: Path not found(Win32 error 3).
When you click OK in the error message dialog box, the process that is being attached is ended.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone 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 typical 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   Platform   -----------------------------------------------------------------   02-Sep-2001  10:34   6.00.9295.0  106,566  Dm.dll      x86				

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
More information
This problem typically occurs when you attach to a process that throws many exceptions.

Article ID: 305586 - Last Review: 01/10/2015 13:15:40 - Revision: 2.0

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