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Windows 7: What went wrong with Microsoft's August updates?

28 Aug 2014   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
What went wrong with Microsoft's August updates?

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It's been a long time since Microsoft had a Patch Tuesday this bad. By Friday they were conceding problems with several updates. Not only did they withdraw four updates, but they recommended that users uninstall one of them.

Yesterday they reissued that update, but they also announced that it had its own set of new bugs, one of which can make windows inaccessible or invisible. Three of the four withdrawn updates are still withdrawn and two of those are also subject to the missing window bug. Two other updates, previously uninvolved with the August updates, also have this missing window bug.

I have no hard numbers to go on, but I do suspect that the number of users affected by all these problems is, as Microsoft says, small. Perhaps very small. Even so, it's hard to escape the feeling that something went very wrong recently at Microsoft's update shop.
Read more at: What went wrong with Microsoft's August updates? | ZDNet


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28 Aug 2014   #2
jc836

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit Laptops
 
 

Sadly, the reissue does nothing to fix the updating problem 80246002 as of this afternoon.
So how do we get the re-reissue?
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28 Aug 2014   #3
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

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28 Aug 2014   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Good analysis article thanks for sharing it Brink
It didn't say anything about KB2973201 which came with some funky side effects or known issues when or soon after release ?
You have to wonder is this ordeal a learning experience for consumers and Microsoft or just consumers to review these updates and hold back weeks before installing them after the dust settles

God only knows how long the vulnerabilities existed in the first place and if a end users holds off a few weeks will the sky suddenly fall by not installing them anytime soon :/
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28 Aug 2014   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

All I can say looking at all the articles is "What a freakin' mess."

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If you read the re-released security bulletin carefully, and specifically read the Update FAQ, you see that "Microsoft strongly recommends that customers who have not uninstalled the 2982791 update [the old update that was withdrawn] do so prior to applying the 2993651 update [the new, re-released update]." They don't say you must do this, just that they strongly recommend it.

What happens if you don't? They don't say. Why does the 2993651 update, or Windows Update, not remove the 2982791 update first? This is unclear. In fact, at the same time, Microsoft recommends relying on Automatic Updates which will install the new update without removing the old one and not inform the user of the fact.
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28 Aug 2014   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Looks like I'll be sitting on the "patched patch" for a while longer. I normally wait until Saturday to download and install patches, which saved me this time from the ones that got pulled since I hadn't installed any until after the problem patches had been pulled by M$. However, the fixed one sounds like it's no better that the original one.
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28 Aug 2014   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have both 2982791 and 2993651 and so far no problems.
As of a few minutes ago checking again, I have all Windows 7 updates.
I really don't know what to do except leave things alone and wait.
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28 Aug 2014   #8
jc836

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit Laptops
 
 

The amount of work required to get anywhere close to removing these things is ridiculous. For that matter, MS must find a way to provide all users with an SP type of fix that we can download and install independent of the built-in updater.

I thought all was fine too - until last night when the failure appeared on ALL of our machines that had been updated. Stay tuned Layback Bear.
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28 Aug 2014   #9
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

So far I've installed the new patch on Win 7 32 without removing the old one & no problems (knock on wood). However I haven't re-patched Win 7 64 Pro or Win 8.1 Pro yet...I think I'm going to sit back a while & see what comes out of this next. Both 7 64 & 8.1 were running fine after the updates (once again, knock on wood). I opted for every OS not to install the update that added the Ruble sign (didn't see the point).
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28 Aug 2014   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I'm with Jack no need to possibly create an issue following the contradictory processes in prior articles,
If the windows update system issued the Important updates and they loaded without bsod ?

I'd say we've done all we can as a end user is supposed to load Important updates as they're available or soon after,
It's up to Microsoft to straighten out the mess they've caused some users,

Then let those users figure out if trust is lost or not
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