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Windows 7: Windows Mail crippled by KB978542


13 May 2010   #1

Windows 7RC
 
 
Windows Mail crippled by KB978542

Last night I installed windows update KB978542, this morning my "hacked in" version of Windows Mail wouldn't open. Just a word of caution. Upon examination I find that this update is directed at a vulnerability in Outlook Express and in Windows mail. Now I just need to figure out how to block/hide it so it won't try to install in the future.


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13 May 2010   #2
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Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tangentjohn View Post
Last night I installed windows update KB978542, this morning my "hacked in" version of Windows Mail wouldn't open. Just a word of caution. Upon examination I find that this update is directed at a vulnerability in Outlook Express and in Windows mail. Now I just need to figure out how to block/hide it so it won't try to install in the future.
Go in tutorial section:Windows Mail

You'll find there all you need!
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13 May 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tangentjohn View Post
Last night I installed windows update KB978542, this morning my "hacked in" version of Windows Mail wouldn't open. Just a word of caution. Upon examination I find that this update is directed at a vulnerability in Outlook Express and in Windows mail. Now I just need to figure out how to block/hide it so it won't try to install in the future.

You can hide the update by right clicking on it and choose hide update.


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14 May 2010   #4

Windows 7RC
 
 

Thanks for the replys. I found the solution immediately after making my post. I'm surprised if no one else has experienced the same problem with the update.
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14 May 2010   #5

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Actually there's quite a few people that experienced that,

http://www.sevenforums.com/browsers-...tes-today.html

Glad you got it fixed, mind sharing what you did so it will help someone else.
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15 May 2010   #6

Windows 7RC
 
 

Ah yes, the "fix", sorry. I took the easy way out. Because I caught it so quickly (the next morning, first boot) I simply did a system restore to the night before, to just before the update. If system restore had not been available I'm not sure what I'd have done next. Tried an uninstall of the update for sure and then re-ran the mail1 and mail2 reg hacks which first made Windows mail functional in Windows 7. There had to be some reason Microsoft disabled Windows Mail in Windows 7. I have a hunch this "security update" was intended to cripple the hacked in versions so many people are useing.
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15 May 2010   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for posting back, hopefully it will help others.
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18 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64
 
 

I really did not understood the purpose of this patch. Windows Mail isn't enabled by default on Windows 7, and to get access to it people need to do some "hacks".

1) Why ship Windows Mail if there is no official way to use it?
2) Why patch a thing not supposed to be used?
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18 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I've had the same problem but it also wiped out Outlook 2010 Beta so I'm just trying to fix that now.
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19 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

It is also for Windows Live Mail, which is available for Windows 7.
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