Computer cannot be restarted if the registry hives are larger than 2 GB

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2 StandardWindows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:

  • You have a computer that is running the x64-based version of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2012.
  • The registry hives for the computer are larger than 2 gigabyte (GB).
In this scenario, you cannot restart the computer.

Cause


This problem occurs because of the 2 GB size limit of the registry hives in x64-based version of Windows.

How to obtain this update or hotfix


To resolve this problem, we have released updates for Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, and we have released updates for Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Note After you apply this hotfix, the size limit of the registry hives is increased to 4 GB.

Update for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

The following update rollup is available.

For Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Get update rollup 2975719

Hotfix for Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

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 this specific problem.

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, submit a request to 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 website: 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

There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

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.

Status


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