When you use Microsoft Visual Basic for Windows 6.0 on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, if you view the properties windows of a Visual Basic form, click Font
, and then click the ellipsis button (...
) to try to change the font properties, the font window only partially appears, and the Visual Basic IDE stops responding. When this problem occurs, the VB6.exe process uses 100 percent of the CPU.
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
17-Sep-2003 03:34 5.1.2600.1271 270,336 Msctf.dll x86
17-Sep-2003 03:32 5.1.2600.1271 1,085,952 Msctf.dll IA-64
To work around this issue, turn off the advanced text services feature. To do so, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
- Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
- Click Regional and Language Options.
- Click the Languages tab, and then click Details.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Under System Configuration, click to select the Turn off advanced text services check box.
Microsoft does not recommend this workaround if you frequently switch the language settings of your keyboard between multiple languages.
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.
For additional information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Description of the Standard Terminology That Is Used to Describe Microsoft Software Updates