Console STDIN And STDERR Redirection May Cause Deadlock in 16-Bit MS-DOS-Based Program

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When console STDIN and STDERR are being redirected in a 16-bit MS-DOS-based program, the program may stop responding (hang). For example, if a 32-bit Windows-based program uses two pipes (for read and write) and redirects these pipes as console STDIN and STDERR for data communication with a 16-bit MS-DOS-based program, and the 32-bit Windows-based program and the 16-bit MS-DOS-based program are interdependent for data transfer, a deadlock may occur.


This issue is caused by a problem in Ntvdm.exe.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional 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
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time      Version        Size     File name
   10/24/2000  11:04 PM  5.0.2195.2563  395,024  Ntvdm.exe 


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.


For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes


Article ID: 274742 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 3.3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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