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Article ID: 272142 - Last Review: February 28, 2007 - Revision: 2.3

This article was previously published under Q272142


Non-administrators who log on to a Microsoft Windows 2000-based server running Terminal Services, may receive the following error message:
Userinit.exe application error. The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000142 click ok to terminate the app.
The user is then automatically logged off. The same user, however, can log on to the Terminal Services console without receiving the preceding error message.


This behavior can occur because the administrator has not assigned the user the right to bypass traverse checking.


To resolve this behavior, the administrator must give the user the right to bypass traverse checking.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


To find out which users have the right to bypass traverse checking, look in Group Policy for the Windows 2000-based server and follow these steps:
  1. Click Computer Configuration.
  2. Click Windows Settings.
  3. Click Security Settings.
  4. Click Local Policies.
  5. Click User Rights Assignment.
  6. Double-click Bypass traverse checking.

The Effective Policy setting must give the Terminal Services users this right. By default, the Everyone group should already have this right. The current Effective Policy settings could have been inherited from policies within the domain. If this is the case, those domain policies have to be changed.

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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