"Stop: 0x000000F4": error message when a console application is exiting in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

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Symptoms

You have a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. If you press a key when a console application is exiting, the computer may crash. When this issue occurs, you receive the following Stop error message on a blue screen:

STOP 0x000000F4 (parameter1, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4)

Notes

  • The four parameters in this error message vary, depending on the configuration of the computer.

  • Not all the "Stop 0x000000F4" error messages are caused by this issue.

Cause

The issue occurs because of an access violation that happens when the Csrss.exe process tries to access a freed console structure. Then the Csrss.exe process stops unexpectedly and the computer crashes.

Resolution

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 Web site:

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 Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Vista service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

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

968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

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 Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes

Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" 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

    6.0.600
    1.
    22xxx

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SP1

    LDR

    6.0.600
    2.
    22xxx

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SP2

    LDR

  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxx version number.

  • 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 Server 2008 and for Windows Vista" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely 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 Server 2008 and of Windows Vista

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Winsrv.dll

6.0.6001.22656

375,808

17-Mar-2010

16:11

x86

Winsrv.dll

6.0.6002.22366

375,808

17-Mar-2010

17:21

x86

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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Winsrv.dll

6.0.6001.22656

450,048

17-Mar-2010

16:38

x64

Winsrv.dll

6.0.6002.22366

450,048

17-Mar-2010

17:13

x64

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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Winsrv.dll

6.0.6001.22656

903,168

17-Mar-2010

16:06

IA-64

Winsrv.dll

6.0.6002.22366

903,168

18-Mar-2010

06:23

IA-64

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 consoles, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:

Introduction to consolesFor more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

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

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not applicable

File size

3,565

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_75d05078bdb451d8342c584b64f46525_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_33e649ba483a2b4f.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

694

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_ebc8486c17a3b8ae5e78385ff6bde0dc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_df86f10ebec87415.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

694

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_b6d82f0bb595eaf7.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

10,483

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

06:17

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_b8b3d107b2c45c0c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

10,483

Date (UTC)

17-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

19:03

Platform

Not applicable

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

File name

Amd64_692744c370df8cbfda5b3b0e449cc39d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_c809ae0bb109ff7c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

698

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_b3dc0c52099f3afd072f778783208811_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_5dcf97c10b8d69cb.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,038

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_bf14e2b77732f4f489fed9d8dc8a1138_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_c3c6a5160474f9bb.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,038

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_12f6ca8f6df35c2d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

10,505

Date (UTC)

17-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

18:20

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_14d26c8b6b21cd42.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

10,505

Date (UTC)

17-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

18:54

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not applicable

File size

3,593

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_1d4b74e1a2541e28.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

7,369

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

06:11

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_1f2716dd9f828f3d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

7,369

Date (UTC)

17-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

18:55

Platform

Not applicable

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

File name

Ia64_1f54edc23ea6be05407dfecad31f3fbb_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_21c4239d012cab91.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

696

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_9b68d9e60391903331133ad44bb93800_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_337ea2ef2b17bc20.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,036

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_a3f33ec41e7a35256044aa8382616442_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_6b29ecd737c6fe53.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,036

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_b6d9d301b593f3f3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

10,494

Date (UTC)

17-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

17:39

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_b8b574fdb2c26508.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

10,494

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

07:52

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,748

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

10:34

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22656_none_1d4b74e1a2541e28.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

7,369

Date (UTC)

18-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

06:11

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-winsrv_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22366_none_1f2716dd9f828f3d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

7,369

Date (UTC)

17-Mar-2010

Time (UTC)

18:55

Platform

Not applicable

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