In Microsoft Windows XP Professional, you (an administrator) can use the Software Restriction Policies feature to restrict a user's ability to run particular programs. You can implement these policies either through Local Group Policy or through a Group Policy object from the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service.
When you implement software restriction policies, users who try to run a restricted program in Windows XP Professional receive a message that the program has been restricted by the administrator and will not run. You expect an event to be logged in the event log so that you can audit the instances when users try to start restricted programs. However, although the Software Restriction Policies feature restricts the user from running the program, an event is not logged in the event log. After you install this hotfix, an event is logged in the application event log when a user tries to run a restricted program.
For additional information about software restriction policies in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Description of the Software Restriction Policies in Windows XP
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
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.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) 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 tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name Platform
30-Jun-2003 17:25 5.1.2600.1240 566,272 Advapi32.dll x86
06-Jun-2003 21:39 5.1.2600.1232 80,512 Ksecdd.sys x86
10-May-2003 01:03 188.8.131.52 6,656 Spmsg.dll x86
11-May-2003 20:26 184.108.40.206 89,088 Spuninst.exe x86
30-Jun-2003 17:25 5.1.2600.1240 1,585,664 Advapi32.dll IA-64
06-Jun-2003 21:39 5.1.2600.1232 227,456 Ksecdd.sys IA-64
09-May-2003 22:36 220.127.116.11 6,144 Spmsg.dll IA-64
09-May-2003 22:36 18.104.22.168 214,528 Spuninst.exe IA-64
30-Jun-2003 16:02 5.1.2600.1240 566,272 Wadvapi32.dll IA-64
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.