Though the software giant removed a patch from Windows Update Server that created problems in some systems, the thing is that it is still pushing a truncated version of the same update that contained the erroneous fix. We are talking about the update, known as MS14-045 and this is one of nine released a few months ago. The update was released to deal with three separate vulnerabilities, such as one related to a font bug and the other in the Windows kernel, which can be considered the heart of the operating system.
Juts within hours of its release, MS14-045 had generated a ‘Stop 0×50′ error on some computers. Most notably on Windows 7 Personal Computers that were running the 64-bit version of the Operating System. The problem is that they were unable to boot their PCs and the usual repair techniques, such as booting into Windows Safe Mode, would not work, as per reports. Windows support number was bombarded with calls concerning the issue with the update.
The software company responded soon, pulled the patch from its Download Center, and made a revision in the accompanying advisory. Actually, that was the only public message to the users and customers. The world’s leading software maker’s security center did not blog about the problem that it had withdrawn the patch from the Update Server. Even calling Windows support number was not helpful for many customers; things were too confusing.
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However, the company is continuing to offer MS14-045 to users through Windows Update. The MS14-045 update was comprised of two separate “packages” originally. One was named as 2982791 and the other as 2976897. The former is for the resolution for the font problem, and the one Microsoft urged its customers to uninstall, it has now been omitted from Windows Update.
In fact, the latter one, 2976897 is still being offered. The software maker precisely identified the erroneous package in a support document. But, the thing is that the users, who examined the list of available patches in Windows Update before installing may be confused, as 2976897 is also associated with MS14-045.
Actually, 2976897 package is quite safe to install, the software maker mentioned. As per the company, both OS versions such as Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, and even the server editions including Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2, were provided the 2982791 patch package. The Redmond based software producer has not yet offered a replacement to the 2982791 part of MS14-045, disclosing only that it was looking into the issues.
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