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After you encrypt resources by using the PACE Anti-Piracy InterLok system on a Windows Vista-based computer, some applications may work incorrectly. This problem occurs if the applications access the encrypted resources.
This problem is caused by a security design change in Windows Vista. In Windows Vista, the Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) validates the data structure more thoroughly than in Windows XP.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
A hotfix is available to resolve this problem. After you enable the hotfix, the hotfix turns off the validation for some specific processes. Therefore, the applications can work correctly. However, after the validation is turned off, these specific processes become vulnerable to attack by corrupted files. Also, these processes may load encrypted resources that are not valid. 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.
You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
To use one of the hotfixes in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
How to enable the hotfix
Important These steps may increase your security risk. These steps may also make the computer or the network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We recommend the process that this article describes to enable programs to operate as they are designed to or to implement specific program capabilities. Before you make these changes, we recommend that you evaluate the risks that are associated with implementing this process in your particular environment. If you decide to implement this process, take any appropriate additional steps to help protect the system. We recommend that you use this process only if you really require this process.
To enable the hotfix, follow these steps:
Start Compatibility Administrator.
Note Compatibility Administrator is a component of the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0. To download the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
In the Custom Databases node of the console tree, right-click New Database, point to Create New, and then click Application Fix.
In the Name of the program to be fixed box, type the application name.
In the Name of the vendor for this program box, type the vendor name.
Click Program file location, click the path, click the name of the application, click Open, and then click Next.
In the Operating System Modes box, click None, and then click Next.
In the Compatibility Fix box, click to select the NoHardeningLoadResource check box, click Next, and then click Finish.
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.
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