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If you use Windows Explorer on a Windows XP-based client computer to perform a search for files or folders on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, or Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, the connection to the files may appear as being left open on the target computer. This issue occurs if you search by using the A word or phrase in the file search option.
If you view the open file connections on the server, the files may correspond to .xls files, some types of CAD files, or both. The files stay open until you log off.
The Microsoft Office Indexing filter (Offfilt.dll) may leak file handles when you search from the shell. Offfilt.dll is used to index Microsoft Office files.
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 the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack
Hotfix informationA 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:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote 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 informationThe 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 ----------------------------------------------------- 14-Jun-2002 03:47 2002.5.30.0 104,448 Offfilt.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.
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