Windows 10 Anniversary Update Crashes Kindle and PowerShell DSC, Build 14393.103 Released

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashes a Kindle plugged in and Build 14393.82 breaks PowerShell DSC. Build 14393.103 of Windows 10 PC and Mobile released to Insiders Slow/Release Preview rings.

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The Anniversary Update earlier broke millions of webcams, following which a most recent cumulative update broke PowerShell DSC.

Now, acccording to a latest report, some users who are running Anniversary Update, and attempting to plug their Kindle Voyager and Paperwhite e-readers into their PC are facing freezing of their sytems and blue screens (BSOD).

"The crash kicks off in the storage partition driver partmgr.sys, with a bugcheck code 0x7E (SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED) and cause code 0xC0000005 (STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION) – in other words, a kernel-level thread in the driver touched memory it shouldn't have, and blew away the environment. It sounds like Windows is trying to mount the filesystem on the Kindle as a removable storage device and getting completely confused," explained Chris Williams of The Register.

Microsoft has acknowledged the issue in a following statement (via). However, no timeframe was provided.

We are aware of an issue with a small number of Kindle Voyager and Paperwhite e-Readers causing an unexpected behavior when plugged into Windows 10 devices after installing the Anniversary Update. We are currently working on an update to address this issue.

Kindle BSOD on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Earlier this week, Microsoft released KB3176934 to Anniversary Update of Windows 10 PCs pushing the build 14393.82 to the Production ring.

The simple fix as of now for the PowerShell issues is to "uninstall KB3176934" with the following PowerShell command:

wusa /uninstall /kb:3176934

The problem is due to the package missing a .MOF file, which breaks DSC (Desired State Configuration) in PowerShell. Additonally, it also breaks the remoting feature, which allow users to work on a remote session instead of locally.

Out of the above three issues, Microsoft has offered a timeframe on PowerShell, promising an update on August 30.

Aside Build 14393.103 was released to Windows Insiders into the Slow and Release Preview rings today.

Changelog for the 14393.103 build is as follows:

  • Improved reliability of the Windows Ink Workspace, Microsoft Edge, File Server, Windows kernel, Microsoft Component Object Model (COM), Cluster Health Service, Hyper-V, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), NTFS file system, PowerShell, Internet Explorer, facial recognition, graphics, Microsoft Store and Windows Shell.
  • Improved performance for the speed of purchasing Store apps.
  • Improved battery life of wearable devices (such as the Microsoft Band) while Bluetooth is connected and idle.
  • Improved compatibility of using Xbox One controllers with various games.
    Addressed issue with incorrect character mapping between Japanese and Unicode for the question mark (?) symbol.
  • Addressed issue that prevents the download and initialization of .NET objects in Internet Explorer.
  • Improved support for new near-field communication (NFC) chips for Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Addressed issue with game or app audio not resuming after ending a call on Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Addressed additional issues with compatibility, Remote Desktop, BitLocker, PowerShell, Direct3D, networking policies, Dynamic Access Control (DAC) rules, Microsoft Edge, Connected Standby, mobile device management (MDM), printing, Fingerprint logon and Cortana.