Symptoms

Assume that many Windows PowerShell scripts call the Console.Write method, or you try to start many console applications on a Windows PowerShell console on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. In this situation, the script exits or the console applications do not start, and you receive one of the following exit codes:

0xC0000142

-1073741502

Additionally, you cannot start any of the console applications from the PowerShell console.
Notes

  • The exit code describes a STATUS_DLL_INIT_FAILED issue.

  • This issue is resolved temporarily when you stop the PowerShell script and then restart the PowerShell console.

Cause

This issue is caused by an error in the Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll file. When a Windows PowerShell script calls the Console.Write method, or when you run an executable file for an application from a Windows PowerShell session, values are written into the PowerShell console. Additionally, a corresponding console handle is created. When many console handles are created, the console handles leak, and the issue that is described in the "Symptoms" section occurs.

Resolution

This hotfix is also available at Microsoft Update Catalog.

Hotfix information

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 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.

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:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote 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 hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

976932Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

The global version of this hotfix 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 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.1.760
    0.
    17xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    RTM

    GDR

    6.1.760
    0.
    21xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    RTM

    LDR

    6.1.760
    1.
    18xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    SP1

    GDR

    6.1.760
    1.
    22xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    SP1

    LDR

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintaining the state of the updated component. 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 7

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7600.17280

200,704

09-Apr-2013

06:04

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7600.21498

200,704

09-Apr-2013

06:09

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7601.18126

200,704

10-Apr-2013

05:59

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7601.22296

200,704

10-Apr-2013

05:20

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7600.17280

200,704

09-Apr-2013

06:04

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7600.21498

200,704

09-Apr-2013

06:09

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7601.18126

200,704

10-Apr-2013

05:59

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7601.22296

200,704

10-Apr-2013

05:20

x86

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7600.17280

200,704

09-Apr-2013

06:04

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7600.21498

200,704

09-Apr-2013

06:09

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7601.18126

200,704

10-Apr-2013

05:59

x86

Microsoft.powershell.consolehost.dll

6.1.7601.22296

200,704

10-Apr-2013

05:20

x86



Workaround

To work around this issue, create a new console object manually, or call the [GC]::Collect method before you start any console application.

Status

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

More Information

For more information about the Console.Write method, go to the following Microsoft website:

General information about the Console.Write methodFor more information about the GC.Collect method, go to the following Microsoft website:

General information about the GC.Collect methodFor more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17280_none_378a29ff3265733c.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

09-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:28

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21498_none_3810fb144b83f6d6.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

09-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:33

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18126_none_39b76a2f2f55ccb3.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

10-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:29

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22296_none_39f5578648ac3014.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

10-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

05:48

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update-bf.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

2,242

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:45

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

2,289

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_15ef4034060f6e32274920130fbd420c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22296_none_2eb37a0918330a5c.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

703

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_63c699bc78b09c6d4f80e40fb32c64e5_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17280_none_a5d9fb9b596391d4.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

703

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_a40dab6beb25d3c67cb045fe017cd85b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18126_none_5c716f1abccde784.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

703

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_f57dcd6ccf985d880627bc0bada027d6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21498_none_5b7b7484c37cd3c1.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

703

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_15ef4034060f6e32274920130fbd420c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22296_none_8ad2158cd0907b92.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

705

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_63c699bc78b09c6d4f80e40fb32c64e5_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17280_none_01f8971f11c1030a.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

705

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_a40dab6beb25d3c67cb045fe017cd85b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18126_none_b8900a9e752b58ba.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

705

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_f57dcd6ccf985d880627bc0bada027d6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21498_none_b79a10087bda44f7.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

705

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17280_none_378a29ff3265733c.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

09-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:28

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21498_none_3810fb144b83f6d6.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

09-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:33

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18126_none_39b76a2f2f55ccb3.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

10-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:29

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22296_none_39f5578648ac3014.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

10-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

05:48

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update-bf.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

3,074

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:45

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

3,137

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_15ef4034060f6e32274920130fbd420c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22296_none_2eb51dff18311358.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

704

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Ia64_63c699bc78b09c6d4f80e40fb32c64e5_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17280_none_a5db9f9159619ad0.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

704

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Ia64_a40dab6beb25d3c67cb045fe017cd85b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18126_none_5c731310bccbf080.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

704

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Ia64_f57dcd6ccf985d880627bc0bada027d6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21498_none_5b7d187ac37adcbd.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

704

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17280_none_378a29ff3265733c.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

09-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:28

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21498_none_3810fb144b83f6d6.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

09-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:33

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.18126_none_39b76a2f2f55ccb3.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

10-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

06:29

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Msil_microsoft.powershell.consolehost_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22296_none_39f5578648ac3014.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,623

Date (UTC)

10-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

05:48

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update-bf.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,897

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:45

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,935

Date (UTC)

12-Apr-2013

Time (UTC)

16:44

Platform

Not Applicable


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