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Hello everyone! I am writing today to raise awareness of an issue that we have come across recently. I was working on a case with a customer where Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 would crash when he selected the Local Computer tab. While debugging the issue, we found that Server Manager was crashing when trying to display a bitmap image for the Local Computer icon. As we looked further into this, we found that when loading the bitmap image, it was trying to load a color profile in order to display the bitmap image properly. If you have ever worked with color profiles, you will recall that they are stored on disk under the Spooler folder, “C:\windows\System32\spool\drivers\color” and you can view them by loading Color Management from Control Panel, or from the Start screen just type “Color Management” and it will come up.
Figure 1: Color Management loading color profiles properly:
We have discovered that if the Print Spooler Service is stopped or disabled in Windows Server 2012 R2, the color profiles will not load properly and Color Management will be blank. If the color profiles are unable to load, then when Server Manager is trying to load them to display the bitmap icon, it returns a null and causes Server Manager to crash. This issue only seems to occur in Windows Server 2012 R2 and not Windows Server 2012.
Microsoft is aware of the issue and we will keep you posted here.
I've just installed a workstation with server 2012 r2 RTM from MSDN that is encountering a similar problem where the server manager application will crash, however my print spooler service is set to auto. For me, the server manager application will start up fine, but if I click anywhere on the top bar to try to get to manage or tools, it'll crash dump.
Please let me know if you guys would like me to provide anything to help.
I'm seeing something similar, but immediately after I installed the driver v188.8.131.5257 for Intel HD Graphics (workstation HW, just testing 2012 R2 at the moment). I'll post again if removing the driver doesn't help
Craig you aware of this too?
@Jeff Stokes - Dunno if it's related to Craig's reported issue but I've been getting the issue that Jeff Stokes has linked to and it's fixed in the production release of the Intel HD graphics drivers, version 184.108.40.206.3308. They can be grabbed from Station-Drivers (Bing it).
@Tim, had the same problem with HD 4000 Intel driver. Updated to latest version for Windows 8.1 x64 to solve .NET from crashing when opening any MMC snapin.
I'm so glad you posted this article! I was trying to figure out if this was a corrupt image or not. Please note: my behavior was using a MSDN install.wim image. I had the same exact issue, and our mandating post-job will disable unnecessary service(s), the Print spooler is one of them and once I had started the print spooler service, it worked like a charm. Thanks again!
Same problem and starting the Print Spooler service fixes it. The major difference here is that I experienced this problem on a Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V Gen2 Guest!