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mogs Microsoft needs your help to fix botched patch KB 2859537
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The company is actively seeking users affected by one of last week's six problematic patches that freezes some Windows 7 and Vista machines
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorldFollow @woodyleonhard
AUGUST 21, 2013

Microsoft needs your help to fix botched patch KB 2859537
Microsoft is actively asking for dead bodies -- systems that crash after MS13-063 / KB 2859537 gets applied. If you're seeing a blue screen, or your system hangs at the sign-on screen after installing the patch, you can help trace down the source of the problem.

Last week I wrote about this month's six botched Automatic Update patches. At the time, Microsoft published a "Known issues" paragraph in the KB 2859537 Knowledge Base article, but it hadn't pulled the patch. As of this morning, the patch is no longer being offered (it's unchecked in the Automatic Update list), and the Known issues paragraph has been modified a bit:

Some users may experience issues with certain programs after they install security update 2859537. In some cases the programs may not successfully start. We are also aware of limited reports that certain users may encounter difficulties restarting their computers after applying this security update. Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

Since MS13-063 is a Windows Kernel update -- always problematic, reaching into the inner sanctum -- a lot of people have reported problems. The most frequently reported problems, with Avast and the games Rift, Final Fantasy, and Defiance, seem to be related to developers hooking into the kernel in unexpected ways. Those are more-manageable problems. If you're still having trouble running the Rift game after authentication, install the latest patch from Rift (available since Aug. 15). Avast has solved the problem with an update. No word yet on small game developers.

More to read at :-
http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/micro...

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mogs RE: Microsoft needs your help to fix botched patch KB 2859537
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August 22nd, 2013, 08:28 GMT · By Bogdan Popa
Microsoft Pulls Botched KB2859537 Windows 7 Update

Microsoft has finally decided to pull the KB2859537 update released on Patch Tuesday and causing so many problems to Windows 7 users.

As you know from Softpedia’s previous reports on the matter, the botched update was causing BSODs on a number of Windows 7 computers, but the cause of the problem is yet to be determined.

At the same time, some users complained that they were unable to log into the operating systems, while others revealed that the update broke down a number of games and applications, such as Rift and Final Fantasy.

But users’ problems do not end here. While Microsoft has indeed confirmed that it’s looking into the matter, the company continued delivering the update to Windows 7 users around the world, so many more are probably affected right now.

Microsoft’s only statement on this confirms that the company is aware of the problem, without providing any other details on the cause of all these issues.

“Some users may experience issues with certain programs after they install security update 2859537. In some cases the programs may not successfully start. We are also aware of limited reports that certain users may encounter difficulties restarting their computers after applying this security update. Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available,” the company said.

KB2859537 was designed to fix vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel that could allow elevation of privileges, so hardware incompatibilities could be one of the causes behind the issues.

While it’s clearly a good thing that Microsoft has finally decided to pull the faulty update, users still need a workaround, as their only choice right now is to completely uninstall the patch.

To do this, users need to look for the KB2859537 update in the “Programs and Menu” screen in Control Panel

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Pulls-Bot...

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