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You install security update 917422 (MS06-051) on a computer that is running Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and that has Terminal Services enabled. After you do this, you experience the following problems with programs that are not Terminal Services aware:
These programs cannot read their initialization (.ini) files. Therefore, the settings or parameters for these programs may not be correct when these programs start.
These programs cannot write to their initialization (.ini) files. Therefore, these programs cannot save their settings or parameters.
These programs cannot create temporary (.tmp) files.
You experience these problems with programs that try to read or write to files that are located in the Windows directory.
This problem occurs because of a regression error in security update 917422 (MS06-051) for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4. This regression error causes the GetWindowsDirectory System Information function not to return the correct directory information to certain programs. These programs are ones that are not Terminal Services aware and that are running in a Terminal Services environment.
For example, the GetWindowsDirectory System Information function may return "C:\Winnt" when it should return "C:\Documents and Settings\username\Windows."
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.
To install this hotfix, you must have Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.
You must restart your 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 item in Control Panel.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to obtain the latest Windows 2000 service pack
For more information about security update 917422 (MS06-051), click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
917422 MS06-051: Vulnerability in the Windows kernel could result in remote code execution
For more information about the GetWindowsDirectory System Information function, visit the following Microsoft Web site: