Firewall program exceptions that are more than 260 characters cannot be configured by using Group Policy on a Windows XP Professional SP2-based computer

This article has been archived. It is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
On a Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, you use Group Policy to configure Windows Firewall settings. You use the Windows Firewall component that is available in the system administrative template to define firewall program exceptions. However, the firewall program exceptions that are more than 260 characters cannot be configured by using Group Policy.

Note You can define firewall program exceptions that are more than 260 characters by using the Windows Firewall program interface.
This problem occurs because of incorrect code in the Gptext.dll file.

Hotfix information

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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.


There are no prerequisites.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

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.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform

More information
To locate the Windows Firewall component that is used to configure firewall program exceptions, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
  2. Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates.
  3. Under Administrative Templates, expand Network, and then expand Network Connections.
  4. Under Network Connections, expand Windows Firewall, and then click Domain Profile.
  5. Locate the Windows Firewall: Define program exceptions item.
For more information, 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: 911013 - Last Review: 01/15/2015 16:31:52 - Revision: 4.0

  • kbnosurvey kbarchive kbautohotfix kbqfe kbhotfixserver kbwinxpsp2fix kbbug kbfix KB911013