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I've got a problem, and seemly the solution is a hot fix mentioned here.

The problem is that the link there pointing to location of the hotfix is broken, leading to a search page on MS site. And looking around I figured that the easiest way is to phone Microsoft, but I live in other country.

So, how I fix the problem described in the KB page that I linked?

EDIT: Extra note: I DO have the SP3... :(

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If you do have SP3, the hotfix will not help. – Tom Wijsman Jul 4 '10 at 13:21
I would recommend installing SP3. XP SP2 is End of Support on July 13, 2010 which is just around the corner. – MDMarra Jul 4 '10 at 13:55
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As per the page this hotfix is present in Windows XP SP3. So if you install SP3, it should do that job.

Note that you cannot install Windows XP SP3 on a Windows XP RTM. You will need to have minimum SP 1a installed before you can install Windows XP SP3.

Date           Time     Version          Size      File name   
20-Oct-2004    22:59    7.0.2600.2534    57,344    Msvcirt.dll

Alternatively if you dont want to install XP SP3, if you can find a PC with XP SP3 already installed, you can copy the dll 'Msvcirt.dll' from C:\Windows\System32 folder, & put that dll in the problem machine's System32 folder.

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According to this other support article Service Pack 3 includes this hotfix:

This article lists the problems that are fixed in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). Service packs are cumulative. This means that the problems that are fixed in a service pack are also fixed in later service packs. For example, Windows XP SP3 contains all the fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).


You receive a "This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way" error message when you run a custom Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 program in Windows XP


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