The object picker ignores all the characters after the opening parenthesis when you query a group name that begins with an opening parenthesis on a Windows XP-based client computer

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Consider the following scenario:
  • In an Active Directory directory service domain, you create some security groups.
  • You give these security groups names that begin with an opening parenthesis.

    Note The following is an opening parenthesis:
  • On a Windows XP-based client computer, you query a group name that begins with an opening parenthesis.
In this scenario, the object picker of the client computer ignores all the characters after the opening parenthesis. Therefore, all groups that have names that begin with an opening parenthesis appear in the list.

This problem may make it difficult to select the group that you want if lots of groups in the domain have names that begin with an opening parenthesis.

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.


To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed on the computer.

Restart requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released 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.
Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Steps to reproduce the problem

  1. In your domain, create a security group that is named (TEST).
  2. On a Windows XP-based client computer, right-click a file or a folder, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Security tab, and then click Add.
  4. In the Select Users, Computers, Or Groups box, type (TEST), and then click Check Name.
In this scenario, every group that has a name that begins with an opening parenthesis appears in the Multiple Names Found dialog box.

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: 946632 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 10:15:39 - Revision: 1.2

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