Certain Windows dialog boxes may not retain the focus as expected on a Windows XP-based computer

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Consider the following scenario. You have a custom program that displays a full-screen window on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer. This window uses the WS_THICKFRAME style to provide a thick border for the full-screen window.

After you run the custom program, you open certain Windows dialog boxes such as the Run dialog box. You try to change the focus between the full-screen window of the custom program and the Run dialog box. When you try to do this, the Run dialog box may not retain the focus as expected, and the focus returns to the full-screen window of the custom program.

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.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must 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 item in Control Panel.
Microsoft Windows XP, x86-based versions

File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform

Microsoft Windows XP, x64-based versions

File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch

Registry information

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

After you apply this hotfix, you have to modify the Windows registry to enable this hotfix.

Follow these steps, and then quit Registry Editor:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type LoosenRudeAppCheck, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  6. Type 1, and then click OK.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
For more information about 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

Article ID: 918033 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 09:12:56 - Revision: 5.0

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