X applications only work for Administrator

J. J. Farrell jjf@bcs.org.uk
Fri Dec 31 13:28:00 GMT 1999

> From: "Charles S. Wilson" <cwilson@ece.gatech.edu>
> Charles McKnight and Corinna Vinschen both pointed out that NT4 Service
> Pack 6 has problems when a user without local Administrator rights
> attempts a TCP port connection. The solution is to apply the patch to
> SP6, or the full SP6a service pack.
> Patch:
> http://download.microsoft.com/download/winntsp/Patch/afd.sys/NT4/EN-US/Q245678
> Full Release:
> http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/recommended/SP6/allSP6.asp
> Once I did that, X apps worked fine.

Just to update this, MS have incorporated this patch and a few other
minor fixes into a new "hotfix". This new one updates an SP6 installation
to be the same as an SP6a installation, and can be installed over the
original SP6 with or without any of the intermediate fixes.

Information and downloads for these various cock-ups and corrections can
be found at


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