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When one 32-bit process calls the CreateProcess function to start a second 32-bit process, the second 32-bit process does not start as expected.
If you use Performance Monitor to monitor the Private Bytes, the Virtual Bytes, and the Working Set counters of the 32-bit process that calls the CreateProcess function, you notice that the value of each counter increase over time. However, the Handle count value does not increase.
This problem occurs because, when a 32-bit process calls the CreateProcess function to start another 32-bit process, a memory leak occurs in the 32-bit process that made the CreateProcess call. The second process cannot start because there is not sufficient memory left to run the process.
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A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Windows Server 2003 service pack that contains this hotfix.
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Update replacement information
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Date Time Version Size File name ---------------------------------------------------- 04-Jul-2003 01:54 5.2.3790.67 449,536 Wow64.dll
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