MinDiffAreaFileSize registry value limit is increased from 3 GB to 50 GB in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

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

This article describes an update that increases the MinDiffAreaFileSizeregistry key value limit from 3 GB to 50 GB in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. Before you install this update, see the Prerequisites section.


You may encounter an Event ID: 25 error because of heavy I/O. 

Event Type: Error
Event Source: VolSnap
Event Category: None
Event ID: 25
Description: The shadow copies of volume Volume_Name were aborted because the diff area file could not grow in time. Consider reducing the IO load on this system to avoid this problem in the future.


To fix this issue, install the update and then set the MinDiffAreaFileSize registry key to an appropriate size depending on the I/O amount.

How to get this update

Important If you install a language pack after you install this update, you must reinstall this update. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

Method 1: Windows Update

This update is provided as a Recommended update on Windows Update. For more information on how to run Windows Update, see How to get an update through Windows Update.

Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the stand-alone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Update detail information


To install this update, you should first install April 2014, update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (2919355) in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Registry information

To apply this update, you don't have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

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

Update replacement information

This update doesn't replace a previously released update.


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


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File Information

The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables.