Screen flickers when you close a window in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

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

This article describes an issue that occurs when you close a window in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. A hotfix is available to resolve this issue. The hotfix has a prerequisite.

Symptoms


When you use VMWare Horizon View Client, the Desktop Windows Manager (Dwm.exe) process crashes if you close a window. This issue occurs only when the "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing" option is selected. To locate this option, open the System item in Control Panel, click Advanced system settings, click Settings in the Performance area, and then locate the option under the Visual Effects tab.

Note When Dwm.exe crashes, the screen may flicker because Dwm.exe is reloaded.

Cause


This issue occurs because of a defect in Dwm.exe that causes the process to incorrectly show the visual effect of closing the window.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, we have released an update rollup and a hotfix for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Get the update rollup for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

To resolve this issue, install the update rollup that is dated November 2014.

Get the November 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2

Get the hotfix for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

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

To apply this update, you must have update 2919355 installed in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

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 all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dwmcore.dll6.3.9600.173831,944,57625-Sep-201400:49x86
Microsoft-windows-desktopwindowmanager-compositor.ptxmlNot applicable4,06921-Aug-201323:39Not applicable
D3d11.dll6.3.9600.173831,931,70425-Sep-201402:45x86
Dxgi.dll6.3.9600.17383429,67225-Sep-201402:45x86
Cdd.dll6.3.9600.17383176,64025-Sep-201402:39x86
Dxgkrnl.sys6.3.9600.173831,329,98425-Sep-201402:45x86
Dxgmms1.sys6.3.9600.17383319,80825-Sep-201402:45x86
Lddmcore.ptxmlNot applicable7,20806-Mar-201401:37Not applicable
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dwmcore.dll6.3.9600.173832,259,96825-Sep-201401:15x64
Microsoft-windows-desktopwindowmanager-compositor.ptxmlNot applicable4,06922-Aug-201306:44Not applicable
D3d11.dll6.3.9600.173832,317,51225-Sep-201403:41x64
Dxgi.dll6.3.9600.17383544,41625-Sep-201403:41x64
Cdd.dll6.3.9600.17383206,33625-Sep-201403:35x64
Dxgkrnl.sys6.3.9600.173831,543,48825-Sep-201403:41x64
Dxgmms1.sys6.3.9600.17383389,95225-Sep-201403:41x64
Lddmcore.ptxmlNot applicable7,20806-Mar-201401:36Not applicable
Dwmcore.dll6.3.9600.173831,944,57625-Sep-201400:49x86
Microsoft-windows-desktopwindowmanager-compositor.ptxmlNot applicable4,06921-Aug-201323:39Not applicable
D3d11.dll6.3.9600.173831,931,70425-Sep-201402:45x86
Dxgi.dll6.3.9600.17383429,67225-Sep-201402:45x86

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and for Windows Server 2012 R2
Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
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Date (UTC)26-Sep-2014
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Time (UTC)01:21
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Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2
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Status


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

References


See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.