ConfigMgr 2012 R2 client causes “Program Compability Assistant” to appear on Windows 7 x86 SP1

Before we begin this post, I can say that this has been reported to Microsoft and they have acknowledged it as a bug. When speaking to them, they said there will be a fix released in the near future, either as a CU or Hotfix.

The problem:

When opening te ConfigMgr client on a computer running Windows 7 SP1 x86 everything seems to be working as it should, which it also does. But when closing the client you are presented with the following prompt:

ConfigMgr_PCA

This nothing that affects the client or system itself since everything works as it should, but it shouldn’t be there! The interesting part is that this only ocurs on Windows 7 SP1 x86 clients. (From what I’ve seen, please let me know if I’m wrong so I can update this post!)

Solution:

I didn’t get an answer to why this is happening, but I got a temporary workaround to use from Microsoft utill there is an update available. (It will be updated here as soon as I get it sent to me)

At the moment, download the following manifest file, which should be placed in C:\Windows\CCM on the affected machines.
Then give “Interactive” Read & Execute permissions on the file and reboot the computer.

After this has been done, the message from PCA is gone!

Files:

The file can be downloaded here: smscfgrc.cpl.manifest

Or if you don’t trust files from the Internet, I don’t blame you, you can create it yourself by creating a txt-file and renaming it to “smscfgrc.cpl.manifest” (manifest is the file-extension)

Then add the following text to it:

[code]
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
<trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
<security>
<requestedPrivileges>
<requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker"/>
</requestedPrivileges>
</security>
</trustInfo>
<noInherit/>
<assemblyIdentity
processorArchitecture="*"
type="win32"
name="SMSCFGRC"
version="1.0.0.0"/>
<description>Systems Management Server 4.0 Client Configuration</description>
<dependency>
<dependentAssembly>
<assemblyIdentity
type="win32"
name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
version="6.0.0.0"
publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
language="*"
processorArchitecture="*"/>
</dependentAssembly>
</dependency>
</assembly>
[/code]

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4 Responses to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 client causes “Program Compability Assistant” to appear on Windows 7 x86 SP1

  1. Mattias Granditsky says:

    We have the same issue on Windows 7 Sp1 x64, so not just x86 =)

    • admin says:

      ha, I just had the issue on x86 clients.
      Did the workaround work for you anyway?

      I think it has been solved in CU3 now though!

  2. Santosh Seth says:

    Windwos 7 X64 + SCCM Current Branch (1602) client – Same Issue

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