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The Format() Function Gives Different Results in Windows XP Than in Windows 2000

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The Format function in Windows XP has changed. Numbers are rounded differently than they are in all other versions of Windows (such as Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows 95). For example, if you format the number 125.245:
Result in Windows 2000: 125.25
Result in Windows XP: 125.24
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack

Hotfix information

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.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date          Time    Version       Size      File name   ----------------------------------------------------------   03-May-2002   11:52   3.50.5015.0    77,824   Asycfilt.dll   03-May-2002   11:51   3.50.5015.0   569,344   Oleaut32.dll   03-May-2002   11:52   5.0.5015.0    106,496   Olepro32.dll				

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 XP Service Pack 1.
More information
Software developers who want more control over rounding should implement their own custom rounding routine. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
196652 HOW TO: Implement Custom Rounding Procedures
kbMgmtAdmin formatting bankers arithmetic rounding
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Article ID: 321047 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 20:08:24 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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