Error message occurs when you use GPMC to view a software restriction Group Policy setting in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2: "An error has occurred while collecting data for Software Restriction Policies"

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • On a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you use Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to connect to a domain controller.

    Note You must have Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed if the computer is running Windows 7.
  • You select a Group Policy object (GPO) that you want to view.
  • You select the Settings tab in the right pane to view the settings of the GPO.
  • On the Settings tab, you click the following item:
    Computer Configuration\Windows Setting\Security Settings\Software Restriction Policies
In this scenario, you receive the following error message:
An error has occurred while collecting data for Software Restriction Policies.
This error impacts the following settings:
Software Restriction Policies
Software Restriction Policies/Security Levels
Software Restriction Policies/Additional Rules
The following errors apply to all of the above settings:
An unknown error occurred while data was gathered for this extension. Details: Unable to cast object of type 'System.String[]' to type 'Microsoft.GroupPolicy.Reporting.Extensions.Registry.UnknownType'.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because GPMC reporting uses an incorrect function to retrieve the value of a registry entry that has the multiple string type.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, your computer must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7. Additionally, RSAT must be installed if your computer is running Windows 7.

Restart requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The English (United States) version of this hotfix 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 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • 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 Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" 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 all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting.dll6.1.7600.206711,851,39218-Mar-201018:49x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting.dll6.1.7600.206711,851,39218-Mar-201018:49x86
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting.dll6.1.7600.206711,851,39218-Mar-201018:49x86

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
978327 The Group Policy Management Console does not correctly display Software Restriction Policies in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameMsil_microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20671_none_4a73d51b2590fac7.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size2,860
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)19:18
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,450
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)21:30
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_6ab1fc06e607574bf064332d420fb747_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20671_none_ad4c360488ccfa5e.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size702
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)21:30
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameAmd64_6ab1fc06e607574bf064332d420fb747_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20671_none_096ad188412a6b94.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size704
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)21:30
PlatformNot applicable
File nameMsil_microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20671_none_4a73d51b2590fac7.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size2,860
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)19:18
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,458
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)21:30
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameIa64_6ab1fc06e607574bf064332d420fb747_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20671_none_ad4dd9fa88cb035a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size703
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)21:30
PlatformNot applicable
File nameMsil_microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20671_none_4a73d51b2590fac7.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size2,860
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)19:18
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,454
Date (UTC)18-Mar-2010
Time (UTC)21:30
PlatformNot applicable

Properties

Article ID: 981750 - Last Review: April 14, 2010 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
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