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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB2673371

“0xC0000244″ Stop error occurs when the Security log reaches its maximum size in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

Consider the following scenario:

  • You enable the following Group Policy settings on a computer that is running Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows Server 2008 SP2:

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Event Log Service\Security\Backup log automatically when full
    Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Audit: Shut down system immediately if unable to log

  • You enable the Archive the log when full, do not overwrite events option in the Security log.
  • The Security log reaches its maximum log size.

In this scenario, the computer crashes. Additionally, you receive the following Stop error message:

0xc0000244 – {Audit Failed}
An attempt to generate a security audit failed.

Note: The expected behavior is that the computer backs up the Security log when the log reaches its maximum size, and the computer does not crash.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB2673371.

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