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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB975007

A custom application that uses a bitmap data structure may crash in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

Consider the following scenario:

  • You create a custom application that uses a bitmap data structure.
  • You specify a very small buffer for the bitmap.
  • The buffer does not align the bitmap.
  • You run this application on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.

In this scenario, the application may crash.

If this application runs in kernel mode, you may receive a Stop error on a blue screen. For example, assume the application is a driver that runs in kernel mode. In this scenario, you may receive a Stop error on a blue screen.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB975007.

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