FIX: You receive a "LNK2016" error message when you link to an application or a DLL that has many exports

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When you try to link to an application or to a DLL, and the application or the DLL has more than 32,767 exports, you receive the following error message:
ApplicationName.exp : error LNK2016: Absolute symbol '' used as target of DIR32NB relocation LINK : fatal error LNK1165: link failed because of fixup errors
This problem does not occur in Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0.
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.

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.

The English version of this hotfix 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   ---------------------------------------------------   11-Nov-2003  05:41  7.10.3315.0  647,168  Link.exe
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
More information
For additional information about the terminology that is used to describe Microsoft product updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 831995 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 05:30:31 - Revision: 2.0

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