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mogs Another botched Black Tuesday
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OCTOBER 10, 2013
Another botched Black Tuesday: KB 2878890 patch brings back two-year-old KB 951847 -- repeatedly
Microsoft's four-month body count: 23 bad patches. It's past time for Microsoft to improve the quality of its Automatic Updates
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorldFollow @woodyleonhard

Another Black Tuesday, another botched patch. Applying this week's KB 2878890 patch on some Windows XP and Server 2003 SP2 machines causes a two-year-old .Net Framework roll-up patch, KB 951847, to resurface. Windows Update not only prompts WinXP/Server 2003 users to (re)install the big, old .Net patch, it keeps pestering over and over again to (re)install it, even if the WU install logs say it's been installed. Fortunately, there's a fix.

Although we don't yet know the details -- and Microsoft hasn't acknowledged, much less fixed, the problem -- there's a steady stream of complaints, comments, and questions about the botched patch on Microsoft's Answers forum.

The problem seems to affect older WinXP/Server 2003 installations, likely those with older versions of .Net Framework installed.

Advice from the forum mods (who haven't received definitive guidance from Microsoft yet) is that turning off KB 951847 -- unchecking the box on the Windows Update list -- is a prudent way to get rid of the annoyance.

Forum poster MarkDoody reports:

I am having the same problem with update KB951847 showing up on MS Update then giving Error Code 0x80246008 when I run the update on .Net 3.5 SP1. I ran MS Fixit, then used Cleanuptool to remove all components of .Net and reinstalled .Net 1.1 and .Net 3.5 SP1 from MS downloads, but the problem recurs. Add/remove programs shows .Net 1.1, 2.0SP2, 3.0SP2 and 3.5SP1 as installed but update keeps trying to re-install 3.5SP1 and failing.

The irony is that according to forum guru/moderator/MVP PA Bear, the recurring KB 951847 is an optional, nonsecurity patch, even though it's offered as an Important update. Nothing like getting stung repeatedly by a misguided unimportant patch.

Read more here :-
http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/anoth...

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Doug_Ivison RE: Another botched Black Tuesday
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The main link to this on answers.microsoft.com seems to be:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/w...

This has been recreated at Microsoft, and an engineer has started working on it, (according to Susan's comment on page 4).


(Remember to click "me too" at the top, so they get a sense of how many people this is impacting... and can prioritize it appropriately.)
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