Group Policy Management Console crashes in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

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

Symptoms


The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) crashes because of an access violation that occurs when a new Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filter is created with WQL queries that contain the "%s" wildcard characters. 

Note This issue occurs only when a new WMI filter is created with the wildcard characters in the WQL query. Editing existing filters doesn't trigger a crash. 

Workaround


To work around this issue, create and save the WMI filter without specifying the "%s" wildcard characters first. Then, reopen and edit the WQL query as desired.  

Status


Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.