Wednesday, February 20, 2013


TL;DR: If you're looking for a solution, uninstall the Windows Update number 2778344.

Note 2: Microsoft seems to have fixed this issue by update 2818604

Note: Update 2778344 was available on Feb 11, 2013, so if you had the BSODs before that (for example in January or last December), this solution is not for you.


Last Sunday I started getting the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION BSOD:

This is how I see it:

These are the minidump files:

So many drivers involved! So the next logical thing to do was updating the drivers. I had done the following:

- Updated the bios: 1.08 -> 1.11
- Updated the Atheros wireless driver: ->
- Updated the Atheros ethernet driver: ->
- My graphic driver was already up to date, so no need to update.

Still BSODs.

I also did a full virus scan, did a junk files removal and registry cleaning session with CCleaner.

Still BSODs.

I did chkdsk /f, sfc /scannow

Still BSODs

I knew for sure that this was not a hardware problem. Why? I triple boot Windows 8, Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop, and I used Windows 7 and Ubuntu without any problem.

So this must be a software problem, of Windows 8 alone.

But I haven't install any new apps or software since last week. So logically, it may have been Windows Update.

I checked the installation log for Windows Update, looked for those installed since last Saturday, and figured one of the following could have been the culprit:


I uninstalled them all.

(In case you don't know how to uninstall them, go to Control Panel -> Uninstall a program -> View installed updates -> Find the updates you want to uninstall, right click and choose Uninstall)

Et voila! No BSODs ever since.

The discussion thread is here

Some people have found out that the culprit may have been 2778344 alone, so you may want to uninstall it only, or at least it is the first thing that you should do.

Also, make sure you hide the updates that you have uninstalled, so that Windows won't install them again!

How to do it:

- Go to Control Panel -> System and security -> Windows update

- Click on  "<number> important update is available". You will see the updates that you have uninstalled there.
- Right-click on each of those updates (those that you have uninstalled and don't want Windows to remind you about installing them again) and click Hide update

- Now Windows won't try to reinstall those updates that you have uninstalled.

If you do this, you don't have to disable automatic update

Monday, February 18, 2013

Event ID 219 The driver \Driver\WudfRd failed to load for the device ROOT\WPD\0000.

How to fix this warning:

Event ID 219
The driver \Driver\WudfRd failed to load for the device ROOT\WPD\0000.


Error is caused by Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework
"Service" being disabled or will load sometimes in manual, should be automatic.


Go to Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework
Change startup type to automatic.

Note: the driver WUDFRd.sys is associated with Logitech keyboards and mice