FIX: The critical compaction runs infinitely during the initialization of the Flash MDD driver when you run a stress test on a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3-based device


Consider the following scenario:
  • You run a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3-based operating system image that includes the Flash MDD component on a device.
  • You run a stress test that causes multiple power losses when write operations are performed on a volume of the device.
In this scenario, the device enters a state in which the critical compaction runs infinitely during the initialization of the Flash MDD driver. Additionally, the device does not start successfully even if the device is reset.


This problem occurs because a metadata bit for a block determines incorrectly that a sector is not dirty. Then, some dirty sectors cannot be detected. When the compactor cannot find enough dirty sectors to free up, the critical compaction runs in a tight loop. 


Software update information

A supported software update is now available from Microsoft as Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Platform Builder Monthly Update (July 2010). You can confirm this by scrolling to the "File information" section. The package file name contains the product version, date, Knowledge Base article number, and processor type. The package file name format is as follows:
Product version-yymmdd-kbnnnnnn-processor type
For example: Wincepb50-060503-kb917590-armv4i.msi is the ARMV4i Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder fix that is documented in KB article 917590 and that is contained in the May 2006 monthly update. To resolve this problem immediately, click the following article number for information about how to obtain Windows CE Platform Builder and core operating system software updates:
837392 How to locate core operating system fixes for Microsoft Windows CE Platform Builder products
After you apply the update, DNS query packets are sent only from the VPN interface. Additionally, the packets will be sent only from the last VPN interface even if there are multiple VPN interfaces.


This update is supported only if all previously issued updates for this product have also been installed.

Restart requirement

After you apply this update, you must perform a clean build of the whole platform. To do this, use one of the following methods:
  • On the Build menu, click Clean, and then click Build Platform.
  • On the Build menu, click Rebuild Platform.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this software update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace any other updates.

File information

The English version of this software update package has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Installer files
File nameFile sizeDateTime
Files that are included in this update package

File nameFile sizeDateTimePath
Windows embedded ce 6.0_update_kb2289488.htm7,76603-Aug-201017:45100731_kb2289488


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