AppInit_DLLs in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

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Applications are not able to load arbitrary list of DLLs into each user-mode process via AppInit_DLLs mechanism.


The AppInit_DLLs mechanism is not a recommended approach and can lead to system deadlocks and performance problems.  In order to improve the overall security of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, the AppInit_DLLs infrastructure is disabled when secure boot is enabled.


Currently, the only resolution is to disable secure boot on the system where an application is attempting to utilize AppInit_DLLs mechanism.  
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Article ID: 2853424 - Last Review: May 22, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Win32 Application Programming Interface
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
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