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Article ID: 178941 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 6.0

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When you shut down your computer after you install Internet Explorer with the Windows Desktop Update component, your computer may stop responding (hang).


This behavior can occur if you have one or more network drives mapped on your computer with the Windows Desktop Update component installed.


This problem no longer occurs in Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1. To obtain Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1, please visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
To work around this behavior, delete your network drive mappings. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. Double-click My Computer on the desktop.
  2. Right-click one of the network drives, and then click Disconnect.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 for each network drive.
You can also work around this behavior by removing the Windows Desktop Update component. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs, click Internet Explorer 4.0 in the list of installed programs, and then click Add/Remove.
  3. Click "Remove the Windows Desktop Update component, but keep the Internet Explorer 4.0 Web browser," and then click OK.

More information

This behavior may also occur if you install Microsoft Outlook 98 from a shared network drive, and a version of Internet Explorer earlier than version 4.01 is installed on your computer. Outlook 98 automatically upgrades earlier versions of Internet Explorer with Internet Explorer 4.01.

For additional information about how to resolve issues with shutting down Windows 95, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
145926  ( ) How to Troubleshoot Windows 95 Shutdown Problems

136651  ( ) Shutdown Hangs After "Please Wait While..." Screen
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