You cannot view EMF image files that were created in Adobe Illustrator even after you install a hotfix

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Symptoms
Files that use the enhanced metafile format are known as EMF image files. Programs that use Microsoft Windows Graphical Device Interface (GDI) functions to open EMF image files do not correctly display EMF image files that were created in Adobe Illustrator. For example, EMF image files that were created in Adobe Illustrator do not appear correctly in Internet Explorer, in Windows Explorer, in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, or in Microsoft Office.

This problem occurs even after you install the hotfix that is described in the following Knowledge Base article:
840997 You cannot view enhanced metafile format graphics files (or EMF image files) that were created in Adobe Illustrator
Cause
This problem occurs if you install the security update that is described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011 on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 2000. This security update enforces more stringent checks on the validation of metafiles and on the records that the metafiles contain.

For additional information about this security bulletin, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Resolution
To resolve this issue, install security update MS04-032 that is included in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

840987 MS04-032: Security update for Microsoft Windows
Additionally, to resolve this problem, use one of the following methods, depending on your operating system:

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

Windows XP hotfix information

File information

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.
Windows XP
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   ----------------------------------------------------------   12-May-2004  23:29  5.1.2600.1528     257,536  Gdi32.dll           12-May-2004  23:29  5.1.2600.1515      36,864  Mf3216.dll       
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition
   Date         Time   Version           Size     File name    Platform   --------------------------------------------------------------------   12-May-2004  23:32  5.1.2600.1528     885,248  Gdi32.dll    IA-64   12-May-2004  23:32  5.1.2600.1515     128,512  Mf3216.dll   IA-64   12-May-2004  23:29  5.1.2600.1528     237,568  Wgdi32.dll   x86   12-May-2004  23:29  5.1.2600.1515      36,864  Wmf3216.dll  x86

Windows 2000 hotfix information

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 phone 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.

File information

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   ----------------------------------------------------------   16-May-2004  17:49  5.0.2195.6921     231,184  Gdi32.dll           16-May-2004  17:49  5.0.2195.6898      37,136  Mf3216.dll       

Windows NT Server 4.0 update information

To resolve this problem, install the update that is available in the following Knowledge Base Article:

840987 MS04-032: Security update for Microsoft Windows
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
More information
For additional information about how hotfix packages are named and about other terms for software updates, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
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Article ID: 842092 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 23:38:51 - Revision: 9.0

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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