Dr. Watson Reports an Access Violation in Explorer When Using an Alternate Shell

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When you use a shell other than Windows NT Explorer and you open Windows NT Explorer, the Dr. Watson tool may report an access violation in Explorer at 0xc0000005.


This issue occurs because Windows NT Explorer is the only supported shell in Windows NT 4.0 and if you run Windows NT Explorer as a program it corrupts memory heaps.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT version 4.0 Service Pack 5.


Article ID: 219341 - Last Review: February 21, 2014 - Revision: 2.1
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