Fonts in console programs are too small to read in multilingual versions of Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012

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Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running a multilingual version of Windows RT, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2012. 
  • You configure the computer to use your local language during the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) process.
  • You use the "Refresh your PC" feature to refresh your computer.
In this scenario, you experience one of the following issues:
  • You cannot start any console programs (for example, Cmd.exe or Powershell.exe). Additionally, you receive the follow error message:
    0xc0000142 (STATUS_DLL_INIT_FAILED)
  • The fonts in all console programs become too small to read.
Notes
  • This issue occurs when you select one of the following languages:
    • Central Kurdish (Iraq)
    • Sindhi (Islamic Republic of Pakistan)
    • Chinese (Simplified, PRC)
    • Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)
    • Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong S.A.R.)
  • If the OEM manufacturer changes the dots per inch (dpi) setting in the Windows Setup unattended answer file, you cannot start any console programs. 
  • If the OEM manufacturer does not change the dpi setting in the unattended answer file, the fonts in all console programs become too small to read.

Cause

This issue occurs because certain registry settings are not migrated when you refresh the computer.

Workaround

To work around this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
  2. Select or tap Settings.
  3. Type Change date, time or number formats in the search box to locate the option to change the regional settings.
  4. In the Region dialog box, click the Administrative tab, and then click Change system locale under Language for non-Unicode programs.

    Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. 
  5. Set the current system locale to English (United States).
  6. Select or tap OK and Apply as required to confirm the changes.
  7. Restart the computer, and then repeat step 1 to step 4.
  8. In the Region dialog box, click Change System Locale, and then select the language that you want to use on the computer.
  9. Select or tap OK and Apply as required to confirm the changes.
  10. Restart the computer.

More information

Registry keys that are related to this issue

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\GRE_Initialize
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FontAssoc
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontLink
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontMapper
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\LanguagePack\SurrogateFallback

Resolution

Update information

How to obtain this update

Windows Update
This update is available from Windows Update.
Microsoft Download Center
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8
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Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running Windows RT, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2012.

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.

File information

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The global version of this update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 file information notes
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM,SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
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    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.2.920 0.16 xxxWindows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012RTMGDR
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For Windows RT
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Reseteng.dll6.2.9200.16480809,19215-Dec-201204:13Not applicable
Resetengmig.dll6.2.9200.16450797,92803-Nov-201206:57Not applicable
Srms.datNot applicable43,88217-Jul-201203:01Not applicable
Sysreset.exe6.1.7782.0117,24803-Nov-201204:27Not applicable
Reagent.dll6.2.9200.16480346,34415-Dec-201204:13Not applicable
Reagent.xmlNot applicable85606-Jul-201220:25Not applicable
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For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Reseteng.dll6.2.9200.16480847,36015-Dec-201204:55x86
Resetengmig.dll6.2.9200.16450733,18403-Nov-201205:25x86
Srms.datNot applicable43,88217-Jul-201203:12Not applicable
Sysreset.exe6.1.7782.0117,24803-Nov-201205:26x86
Reagent.dll6.2.9200.16480375,80815-Dec-201204:55x86
Reagent.xmlNot applicable85606-Jul-201219:51Not applicable
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For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Reseteng.dll6.2.9200.164801,010,68815-Dec-201204:55x64
Resetengmig.dll6.2.9200.16450945,15203-Nov-201205:25x64
Srms.datNot applicable43,88217-Jul-201203:01Not applicable
Sysreset.exe6.1.7782.0132,09603-Nov-201205:26x64
Reagent.dll6.2.9200.16480443,39215-Dec-201204:55x64
Reagent.xmlNot applicable85606-Jul-201220:28Not applicable
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Additional file information

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Additional file information for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012

Additional files for Windows RT
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File nameArm_microsoft-windows-sysreset_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16480_none_38cb9a084fde7410.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size5,052
Date (UTC)15-Dec-2012
Time (UTC)20:01
PlatformNot applicable
File nameArm_microsoft-windows-winre-recoveryagent_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16480_none_b7761cdb414af55a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size4,393
Date (UTC)15-Dec-2012
Time (UTC)04:23
PlatformNot applicable
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Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8
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File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sysreset_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16480_none_38c927b04fe1554a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size5,052
Date (UTC)15-Dec-2012
Time (UTC)20:04
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-winre-recoveryagent_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16480_none_b773aa83414dd694.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size4,393
Date (UTC)15-Dec-2012
Time (UTC)05:50
PlatformNot applicable
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Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
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File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-sysreset_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16480_none_94e7c334083ec680.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size5,056
Date (UTC)15-Dec-2012
Time (UTC)20:07
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-winre-recoveryagent_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16480_none_13924606f9ab47ca.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size4,397
Date (UTC)15-Dec-2012
Time (UTC)07:34
PlatformNot applicable
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Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Properties

Article ID: 2794599 - Last Review: February 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows RT
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
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