Break on Memory Leaks runtime check fails in WPF applications

This article provides workarounds for the problem where Break on Memory Leaks runtime check fails with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications.

Original product version:   Windows Presentation Foundation
Original KB number:   2643361


Developers can install the DirectX SDK and use the DirectX Control Panel to enable an extra runtime check called Break on Memory Leaks. Direct3D9 is designed to call DebugBreak at few places during shut-down when such configuration is enabled and when there's an object leak detected. Such a configuration change impacts all the DirectX applications - including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications such as Visual Studio 2010.


The native rendering engine in WPF doesn't shut down cleanly and so such runtime checks fail. These crashes happen only during shutdown and hence no loss of data or no permanent resource leaks are expected.


Use one of the following workarounds:

  • Unselect Break on Memory Leaks check box on the DirectX Control Panel.
  • Force WPF applications to use software rendering mode. For more information, see Graphics Rendering Registry Settings.