Mapped Drive to Home Folder Briefly Disconnects When You Start Task Manager

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When you start Task Manager in Windows XP or Windows 2000 Professional, your mapped drive to your home folder may disconnect for a short period of time, and then reconnect. For example, if you double-click the mapped drive in Windows Explorer to display the contents of your home folder, and then open Task Manager, the contents of your home folder are no longer displayed in Windows Explorer. If you double-click the mapped drive again, the contents of your home folder are displayed as you expect. However, if you start Task Manager, you experience the same symptom, and the contents of your home folder are no longer displayed in Windows Explorer. Although the drive to your home folder is immediately remapped, the brief drop in the connection may cause some programs that use the home folder to stop responding (hang). This symptom may occur if the following conditions exist:
  • Your user profile is configured to automatically map a network drive that contains your home folder when you log on to the computer.
  • You start Task Manager by either:
    • Pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and then clicking Task Manager.
    • Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.

Windows XP service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft 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.

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, submit a request to 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.

The Global 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.

Windows XP

Date         Time   Version        Size     File name------------------------------------------------------05-Feb-2003  18:35  5.1.2600.1167  969,216  Msgina.dll

Windows 2000

Date         Time   Version        Size     File name------------------------------------------------------14-Apr-2003  21:50  5.0.2195.6736  333,072  Msgina.dll

To work around this problem, right-click an empty area of the taskbar, and then click Task Manager to start Task Manager.
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 Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
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Article ID: 812944 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 21:19:49 - Revision: 5.0

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