SetActiveWindow on Default IME Window Creates an Endless Loop

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When you are using the "Regional Options" Language settings for the system setting, programs that call SetActiveWindow on the default IME Window may enter an endless loop with 100 percent CPU utilization. After 10 to 30 seconds, your computer may appear to stop responding (hang), your keyboard and mouse may not respond, but your computer may continue to answer on the network. The problem was initially seen in Windows 2000 with the Japanese Language Pack installed, but it may also occur with other configurations.
This problem can occur when the "Default IME" window (which normally does not have a parent) becomes damaged. In this damaged state, it may point to itself, and this can cause an endless loop and high CPU activity.
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
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name   ----------------------------------------------------------   14-Dec-2001  11:21  5.0.2195.4572    222,480  Gdi32.dll   14-Dec-2001  11:21  5.0.2195.4272    731,920  Kernel32.dll   25-Jun-2001  18:17        47,808  User.exe   14-Dec-2001  11:21  5.0.2195.4314    402,192  User32.dll   14-Dec-2001  11:21  5.0.2195.4345    371,984  Userenv.dll   14-Dec-2001  11:20  5.0.2195.4768  1,642,608  Win32k.sys   30-Oct-2001  18:17  5.0.2195.4575    178,960  Winlogon.exe   14-Dec-2001  11:21  5.0.2195.4602    243,472  Winsrv.dll   14-Dec-2001  11:22  5.0.2195.4272    731,920  Kernel32.dll   14-Dec-2001  11:25  5.0.2195.4768  1,642,608  Win32k.sys				

NOTE: Files are cumulative and may resolve other issues that were fixed in the same files in prior versions. This fix can be used to resolve the problem that is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
315763 The Local Profile Loads Instead of Your Roaming Profile
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3.
More information
For additional information about how to obtain a hotfix for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265173 The Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product
For additional information about how to install multiple hotfixes with only one reboot, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
296861 Use QChain.exe to Install Multiple Hotfixes with Only One Reboot

Article ID: 314560 - Last Review: 11/02/2013 09:01:00 - Revision: 4.0

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