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:


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!)


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!


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:

<?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">
<requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker"/>
<description>Systems Management Server 4.0 Client Configuration</description>

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