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When you compile some code, it may have valid Microsoft intermediate language (MSIL). However, when you run the compiled application, you receive the following Unhandled Exception error message:
System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
If optimization is turned off, this exception error does not occur.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
Note You must have a Visual Studio license agreement to obtain this hotfix.
To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone 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 usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.
To reproduce this problem, use the C compiler, CL, to compile the following sample code, and then run the compiled application.
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Professional Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (2002), Enterprise Architect Edition SP1, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Developer, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Academic Edition