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"Description cannot be found" error in event logs in Event Viewer in Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012

Introduction
This article describes an issue in which the "Description cannot be found" error message is displayed in the event logs in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, or Windows Server 2012. An update is available to resolve this issue. Before you install this update, check out the Prerequisites section. This issue occurs after you install May 2014, update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2, or after you install Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 update rollup: May 2014 in Windows 8, Windows RT, or Windows Server 2012.
How to obtain this update
Important Do not install a language pack after you install this update. If you do, the language-specific changes in the update will not be applied, and you will have to reinstall the update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

Method 1: Windows Update

This update is available from Windows Update.

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Operating systemUpdate
All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8 DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 DownloadDownload the package now.
Note The update for Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT can be obtained only from Windows Update.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Update detail information

Prerequisites

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

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not 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 does not replace a previously released update.

File information

The global version of this update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 file information and notes


  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.3.960 0.17 xxxWindows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2RTMGDR
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information" section. MUM, MANIFEST, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Wevtsvc.dll6.3.9600.177221,328,64006-Mar-201502:27x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Wevtsvc.dll6.3.9600.177221,696,25606-Mar-201502:47x64
For all supported Windows RT 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Wevtsvc.dll6.3.9600.177221,240,06406-Mar-201502:09Not applicable

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 file information and notes

  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    Version Product Milestone Service branch
    6.2.920 0.17xxxWindows 8, Windows RT, or Windows Server 2012RTMGDR
    6.2.920 0.21xxxWindows 8, Windows RT, or Windows Server 2012RTMLDR
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information" section. MUM, MANIFEST, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Wevtsvc.dll6.2.9200.173081,374,72012-Mar-201503:52x86
Wevtsvc.dll6.2.9200.214251,375,74412-Mar-201503:16x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Wevtsvc.dll6.2.9200.173081,688,57612-Mar-201505:31x64
Wevtsvc.dll6.2.9200.214251,732,60812-Mar-201504:09x64
For all supported Windows RT
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Wevtsvc.dll6.2.9200.173081,194,49612-Mar-201503:27Not applicable

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
File propertyValue
File nameX86_5288695e2c2cb8f690a7df23708bf047_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17722_none_17fa5a2ae0faa824.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size696
Date (UTC)07-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)20:01
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17722_none_71a2f0652e43f8ab.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,512
Date (UTC)06-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)06:51
PlatformNot applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2
File propertyValue
File nameAmd64_076478091089f38c0d24ca8c87eba208_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17722_none_2ba2e6661bfbe76d.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size700
Date (UTC)07-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)20:01
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17722_none_cdc18be8e6a169e1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,516
Date (UTC)06-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)07:32
PlatformNot applicable

Additional files for all supported Windows RT 8.1
File propertyValue
File nameArm_fc81abb8fb49f534bb6768e0471a60a0_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17722_none_cf9f1e11fe9bbf72.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size696
Date (UTC)07-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)20:01
PlatformNot applicable
File nameArm_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17722_none_71a562bd2e411771.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,512
Date (UTC)06-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)05:09
PlatformNot applicable

Additional file information for Windows 8 and for Windows Server 2012

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8
File propertyValue
File nameX86_376f5a4863e710899fcce60650a83cb6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.17308_none_d5203280909b1ada.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size696
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)12:49
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_924203286f5da39e27ebf11e958f6f85_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.21425_none_24e21d67fab7d7c1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size696
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)12:49
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.17308_none_d9c9d1bae3fb93ba.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,471
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)04:30
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.21425_none_da3acdcffd2c1f61.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,471
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)03:50
PlatformNot applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012
File propertyValue
File nameAmd64_b6809a748727defb66aefffe6a2dd92f_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.21425_none_968d21ef838741df.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size700
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)12:50
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_d374d10bddf52f489ac152653b0e4171_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.17308_none_538b0780aa56c46c.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size700
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)12:50
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.17308_none_35e86d3e9c5904f0.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,475
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)06:23
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.21425_none_36596953b5899097.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,475
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)05:49
PlatformNot applicable

Additional files for all supported Windows RT
File propertyValue
File nameArm_7379554bee294430fb3080557bcf3f22_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.17308_none_8c603b4ee77d40d1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size696
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)12:49
PlatformNot applicable
File nameArm_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.17308_none_d9cc4412e3f8b280.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size40,471
Date (UTC)12-Mar-2015
Time (UTC)04:04
PlatformNot applicable

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.
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Article ID: 3045992 - Last Review: 04/21/2015 15:15:00 - Revision: 1.0

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8, Windows RT

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