Microsoft silently pulls updates that should have fixed issues with previously released updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

Posted 07 November 2017 17:30 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft has pulled several updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 after users reported issues. The updates were released to solve issues caused by security updates previously released in October, but they caused problems again.

Microsoft released several security updates on the 10th of October. These updates caused issues with some applications when they imported or created XLS files. Users then received the warning,”Unexpected error from external database driver”. Numerous users on the Microsoft forums complained about the issues.

Last week Microsoft tried to fix the problems with the November 2017 Rollup Updates KB4052234 for Windows 7 and with  KB4052233 for Windows 8.1.

These optional updates, that users had to manually download because they weren’t distributed through Windows Update, should have fixed the issues. Unfortunately they caused more havoc, users report they get error messages when they close some applications and Internet Explorer doesn’t start on Windows 8.1 when certain display settings are set.

Yesterday Microsoft decided to pull the updates from its website without any further announcement, including the KB articles that have the details on the updates.

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