Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Fwd: [itsdifferent] Will Windows work continuously for more than 49.7 days?

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From: kiran
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 14:33:42 +0530
Subject: [itsdifferent] Will Windows work continuously for more than 49.7 days?
To: itsdifferent@yahoogroups.com

Will Windows work continuously for more than 49.7 days?

Here is a bit of information, which may surprise you all.
Windows crashes automatically if you don't switch off the machine for 49.7 Days.
Microsoft accepts this. Do you know why?

In Windows the Virtual Machine Manager (here after referred as VMM) is
responsible for creation, execution, monitoring and termination of
virtual machines. This VMM, which is a 32 bit, protected mode
operating system entity, provides a number of system services at chip
level. One of these services is "Get_System_Time". This particular
service loads the EAX register with the time in milliseconds since
Windows started on that machine. This service is accurate to 1 ms. EAX
is a
32 bit register in Intel 386 Processor onwards.
So the maximum number of milliseconds it can hold is (232)-1 =
4294967295 milliseconds =4294967.295 seconds = 71582.79 minutes = 1193
hours = 49.7 days
So after 49.7 days the EAX resets to zero. Most of the Drivers use
this Time Service to keep track of the Timeout of various services
they provide. So after 49.7 days the drivers cannot use the
get_System_Time function of VMM and they crash taking the OS along


Kiran Mistry

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