If a custom authentication package is installed on a computer that is running Windows 8.1, you receive an error message when you try to access one of the following in the Local Group Policy Editor:
- Account Policies
- Local Policies
This problem occurs when Services.exe tries to load custom authentication package .dll files.
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. 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.
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To apply this update, you must first have update 2919355 installed in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
Restart requirementYou may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.