Platform update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Summary

This article describes a platform update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This update improves the range and performance of the following graphics and imaging components:
  • Direct2D
  • DirectWrite
  • Direct3D
  • Windows Imaging Component (WIC)
  • Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP)
  • Windows Animation Manager (WAM)
  • XPS Document API
  • H.264 Video Decoder
  • JPEG XR codec

How to obtain this update

Microsoft Download Center
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Download Download the update package now.

Release Date: February 26, 2013

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or a Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this update.

For more information about this update, check the "Additional information for the update" section.

Third-party information disclaimer

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

Compatibility issues on certain computers that have hybrid video cards

Important Some computers that have a combination of Intel and AMD video cards in a hybrid configuration have drivers installed that are incompatible with this platform update.

After you install this update and then restart the computer, the computer may crash because of these compatibility issues. In this situation, you receive a Stop error message that resembles the following:

Screen shot of the Stop error

Note
This Stop error includes the "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA" text and the Igdpmd64.sys or Igdpmd32.sys file name.

To resolve this issue, you may have to install update 2834140 ("0x00000050" Stop error after you install update 2670838 on a computer that is running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1). Additionally, use the following tables to install the latest compatible drivers for your video card.

Dell systems
SystemGraphics hardwareLatest compatible drivers
Inspiron 14R N4110 & N4120AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
None
Vostro 3350 & 3550AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
8.901.1.1, A10 (Released 4/2012)
Inspiron 15R N5110AMD Radeon HD 6470M8.901.1.1, A10 (Released 4/2012)
Vostro 3450AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
None
Inspiron 14 N4050AMD Radeon HD 6470M8.930.0.0000, A03 (Released 4/2012)
8.860.0.0, A01 (Released 8/2011)
Vostro 1450AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
8.88+2342, A02, A03 (Released 3/2012)
8.860.0.0, A01 (Released 8/2011)
HP systems
SystemGraphics hardwareLatest compatible drivers
Pavilion dv6 (dv6-6007tx, dv6-6b06eg, dv6-6b07sz, dv6-6b56ex)
Pavilion dv7 (dv7-6135dx, dv7-6197ca, dv7-6b40ew)
AMD Radeon HD 6490M

AMD Radeon HD 6770M
8.882.2.3000 (Released 11/2011)
Pavilion g4 (1212tx)
Pavilion g6 (1160ee, 1320ee)
Pavilion g7 (1226em)
AMD Radeon HD 6470M8.882.2.0 (Released 10/2011)
ProBook 4330s, 4331s, 4431s 4530s, 4730sAMD Radeon HD 6490M8.91-111013A-128465C (Released 11/2011)
Pavilion dv4 (3029tx)AMD Radeon HD 6750MNone
Envy 14 (2070ez)AMD Radeon HD 6630MNone
Lenovo systems
SystemGraphics hardwareLatest compatible drivers
G570AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
None
G470AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
None
ThinkPad Edge E420AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
8.951.0.0000 (Released 7/2012)
G770AMD Radeon HD 6650MNone
IdeaPad Y470AMD Radeon HD 6730MNone
ThinkPad Edge E420s
ThinkPad Edge S420
AMD Radeon HD 6630MNone
IdeaPad U400AMD Radeon HD 6470M 8.851.0.0 (Released 11/2011)
Sony systems
SystemGraphics hardwareLatest compatible drivers
Sony VPCCA1x
Sony VPCCA2x
Sony VPCCA3x
Sony VPCCA4x
Sony VPCCB1x
Sony VPCCB2x
Sony VPCCB3x
Sony VPCCB4x
AMD Radeon HD 6630MNone
Sony VPCJ2xAMD Radeon HD 6470MNone


Note For computer systems whose Latest compatible drivers column is marked as None, Microsoft is currently working with AMD to find the cause of the problem and to determine the appropriate fix.

If you have installed the platform update for Windows 7 and you experience a compatibility issue, we recommend that you temporarily uninstall update 2670838. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.
  2. Click View installed updates.
  3. Click Update for Microsoft Windows (KB 2670838), and then click Uninstall.

Actions required for Windows 7 DirectX developers after the installation

If you are a Windows 7 DirectX developer who uses the June 2010 DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK), you'll have to update your development environments after you install this platform update. The following .dll files that are associated with this SDK are incompatible with this platform update:
  • D3D10SDKLayers.dll
  • D3D11SDKLayers.dll
  • D3D10ref.dll
  • D2D1debug.dll
You can use one of the following applications or tools to update these .dll files:
  • The Windows 8 SDK: This SDK updates the current development environment with new headers, libs, and tools. These include the development .dll files from the preceding list. This update does not update the C or C++ compilers or the IDE, but it does let developers integrate the new features of the platform update into their applications.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012: This application includes the Windows 8 SDK, the Visual Studio 2012 IDE, and the new compilers. It also lets developers integrate the new features of the platform update into their applications.
  • Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012: These tools represent the minimum requirement in order to continue using the Direct3D debug layer. These tools update only the development .dll files from the preceding list. They do not enable developers to integrate the new features of the platform update into their applications. These tools are available in the "Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012" section of the Visual Studio Download Center, or they can be downloaded from the following links:
    Note
    The Pix for Windows tool from the DirectX SDK is incompatible with this platform update. See Debugging Shaders in Visual Studio for more information about the new tools that are available in Visual Studio 2012.
For more developer information about this platform update, see Platform update for Windows 7.

More Information

Registry information
Update replacement information
File information
For more information about Direct2D, see General information about Direct2D.

For more information about DirectWrite, see DirectWrite.

For more information about Direct3D, see Direct3D.

For more information about Windows Imaging Component, see Windows Imaging Component.

For more information about WARP, see Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) Guide.

For more information about Windows Animation Manager, see Windows Animation Manager.

For more information about H.264 Video Decoder, see H.264 Video Decoder.

For more information about the XPS Document API, see XPS Document API.

For more information about the JPEG XR codec, see JPEG XR Codec overview.

Learn about the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

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Article ID: 2670838 - Last Review: Jan 14, 2014 - Revision: 1

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