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Error messages are not displayed in the foreground when you try to connect to a resource by typing its UNC path in the Open box of the Run command in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000

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When you click Start, click Run, and then try to connect to a resource by typing a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path (for example, \\server name\share name) in the Open box, error messages may not appear in the foreground if you immediately switch to another program.

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This behavior occurs because the error message dialog box is hidden behind the maximized window that has the focus.

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To work around this behavior, minimize all windows while you wait for Microsoft Windows to make a connection so that the error message dialog box can appear.

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This behavior is by design.

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More information

The focus behavior of the foreground and background programs has been modified in the versions of Windows that are shown in the "Applies To" section. The new focus behavior prevents the non-active program from sending dialog boxes to the foreground. In this way, the active program does not lose the focus. When you try to connect to a resource by using the method that is described in the "Symptoms" section, Windows Explorer is started, but it does not appear until the connection is either successful or unsuccessful. If you switch to another program before Windows Explorer presents the results, Windows Explorer or an error message dialog box will appear in the background, behind the program that you switched to.

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Keywords: KB836532, kbprb

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Article Info
Article ID : 836532
Revision : 4
Created on : 11/1/2006
Published on : 11/1/2006
Exists online : False
Views : 288