Ran into a strange problem on Server 2012 R2 in Audit Mode. I can do this every time on the first restart, but not always on successive restarts. To replicate, deploy Server 2012 R2 to a system in Audit Mode with no additional software installed. There are minimal updates integrated and some drivers. I can get this information if necessary.
Open something from the context menu on the right (the Start Button menu) such as Event Viewer. Other programs also work, such as Internet Explorer. Then close it and choose to restart using the same menu on the left. An error appears after the "restarting" background appears:
explorer.exe - Application Error
The instruction at 0x27b8310 referenced memory at 0x027b8310. The memory could not be written.
The memory location specified in the error may be different each time. However, restarting using the charms bar does not cause this to happen. Also restarting using CMD and shutdown /r /t 0 does not cause the error either. So far, using IE as the test application can cause the error every time.
So far this has been replicated on 2 server boards, 1 desktop board and a mini-PC. They all have different chipsets, CPUs and amounts of RAM, and also have tested using SSD and spindle disks.
I understand the reason the error message is displayed. Explorer is doing something when Windows is shutting down, such as writting to a memory location and that handle is closed during the normal shutdown process. And Windows is showing the error relating to that failure to read or write to the memory location. It isn't a "real" error in my mind, but it still shouldn't be happening.
Can anyone else replicate this or know how to solve it?
Update: Confirmed this issue on unmodified source. I did a manual install from DVD. For ease of time I entered Audit Mode, opened IE, then restart using the option on the left and got the error.
Edited by Tripredacus, 10 January 2014 - 02:59 PM.