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Consider the following scenario:
A 16-bit MS-DOS-based program opens a Command Prompt window to display a message on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer.
The program then opens a named pipe to call a device.
In this scenario, you experience the following symptoms:
If the Command Prompt interface appears in a window, the message does not appear until the named pipe is closed.
If the Command Prompt interface uses the full screen, the message appears, and the named pipe is opened.
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.
No prerequisites are required.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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--------------------------------------------------------------02-Aug-2005 06:46 5.0.2195.7061 398,608 Ntvdm.exe 17-Jun-2004 10:35 5.0.2195.6946 239,888 Wow32.dll
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about issues that are related to running 16-bit MS-DOS-based programs in Microsoft Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
896896 A message from a 16-bit MS-DOS-based program does not appear in a Command Prompt window until a named pipe is closed in Windows XP
For more information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software 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