After admitting that the latest Patch Tuesday update it released was flawed, the software giant Microsoft said that it was working on mitigations to address the issue as early as possible.
MS14-045, the update that caused the issues, was intended to the address three major vulnerabilities reported across latest Windows platforms- Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. But the update didn’t fix Microsoft errors that were reported, but rather caused new problems, frustrating the users further. Microsoft had bundled the problematic update with its recent August 2014 Patch Tuesday update.
New issues after the installation of the problematic update
Users complained that they saw new issues after they installed the August Patch Tuesday update. While some users saw their PCs crash, others experienced blue screen of death errors. Meanwhile, Microsoft admitted that it was aware of the inconveniences that customers were experiencing and assured that it would work out an immediate solution. The company said that the update that was causing the problem was actually meant to fix Microsoft errors, which include three major vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities were helping hackers to attack compromised computers more easily.
Three vulnerabilities MS14-045 was hoped to address
According to the Microsoft support desk, the MS14-045 update included in the August Patch Tuesday update bundle was designed to troubleshoot three major vulnerabilities reported across the latest Windows platforms. These vulnerabilities include blue screen of death (BSOD) and font issues.
Blue screen of death was in fact the most serious of these vulnerabilities. It occurred when users attempted to turn on their PC. Instead of loading, the PCs shut down at the startup stage showing 0X50 Stop error message. The issue persisted or became worse after the installation of the MS14-045 patch.
Furthermore, the MS14-045 patch was hoped to address the errors that users noticed with the kernel-mode drivers. In fact, Microsoft had never expected that the kernel-mode drivers would become part of the vulnerabilities because they were designed inaccessible without valid credentials.
Solutions for the problem
Microsoft said that its developers were redesigning the Patch Tuesday updates so that they could deliver what they promise. For the time being, the tech giant advises the customers to stop installing the faulty updates to avert further problems. It said that customers would be notified when redesigned patches were available.
The frequent issues with Microsoft updates are forcing people to distrust them. It is reported that many customers are reluctant to install latest Windows updates when they are released.
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Outlook is an email client extensively used by people who use the Windows eco system. It helps you make your work easier, which is also integrated with contacts, calendars and tasks. Apart from sending and receiving emails, there are many other features included in Outlook. Microsoft Outlook allows people to work on it with the most organized features and an innate interface.
The features in Outlook are user friendly such that people are very comfortable with the way Outlook works. They completely rely on this software and have all the necessary data saved into the application even while at work. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that there are Microsoft problems that can hinder work. Outlook refuses to work until the issues are fixed.
Repairing Outlook Installation
With this, you would have your Outlook version running free from all the Microsoft problems. With the help of the Scanpst.exe file, you will be able to recover from any issue that occurs in Outlook, such as file corruption, damaged PST files and many such issues. When Outlook does not respond, running a Scan with the Scanpst.exe file is the best way. This will take care of the issue.
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At some point of time, at least one of us would have gone through a tough time with patching Microsoft products. This battle seems to be a never-ending one as they keep testing the updates repeatedly and then roll it out. When there are issues with the updates, they have to repeat the process all over again. Although not all issues have a solution, the poor IT techs bear the blame. The responsibility of fixing hardware problems, blue screen errors and the other Microsoft problems are heaped on these technicians.
Nevertheless, when there are issues with the patches, it is only a set of people who are hit hard while others experience minor problems that are solved with a simple restart. However, this small percentage actually looks big in the real picture when companies have a customer base as huge and wide as Microsoft. The issue is not what it seems to look like, but it is bigger.
Even if customers are not that frustrated with these issues and are fine on waiting until it is fixed, with the social networking sites there seems to be an outburst in anger of these customers. Whenever there is an issue, social network sites are the places where companies look into to know what customers think. Rivals also try their best on stirring the anger largely. This is the primary place, where companies look into to decide on when to roll out the updates.
From the recent feedback on the patching problem from Microsoft, it is evident that IT techs are delaying the timeline for updates. In the usual agreements, updates and patches are rolled out a week later after the initial inception. This would give them enough time to see if the updates are working effectively or not in that specific environment. Nevertheless, in actual these timelines seem to be changing big time.
Recently, Microsoft had to take six weeks before it could finally release August 2014′s messed up updates. The update, which was supposed to be a Tuesday update, turned out to be a month of Tuesday’s updates. Critical security patches that are developed to ease the zero-day vulnerability are not the most possible scenario. They are exploited in the wild that leaves the systems vulnerable and weak.
Hence, the developers have a tough time releasing the same and managing to roll out updates without possible Microsoft problems. The struggle to roll out updates without issues is still on since ages.
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Microsoft announced the release of a patch for the Wi-Fi bug on the Surface Pro 3 device. A Microsoft spokesperson asserted that this update would be able to resolve the widespread issue with accessing Wi-Fi on the tablet.
Surface Pro 3 has been reported exhibiting several problems by early users – such as the inability to connect to a Wi-Fi connection locally. ZDNet reports that the software giant rolled out a system update last week, with a new firmware and driver update to follow on July 16. The former will assuredly fix Microsoft errors with the Wi-Fi in Surface Pro 3.
The newest tablet device from Microsoft, Surface Pro 3, runs the latest version of the Windows 8 RT. Currently this is upgraded to Windows 8.1 RT Pro, and is accompanied by services like BitLocker data protection, Remote Desktop Connection hosting, etc.
Touted as the perfect laptop replacement by its manufacturer, it comes with a 12″ touchscreen, a 3:2 aspect ratio display, and a 2160 x 1440 resolution screen for high definition movies and browsing experience. There are two built-in cameras of 5 megapixels each, and two noise-cancelling stereo microphones. The cameras capture video of 1080p in 16:9 aspect ratio. The tablet runs on 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 or i7 processor, depending on the variant.
Despite having enjoyed a warm reception in the tech scene, this tablet has shown that it can offset its rich feature set by being a
piece of work. It is possible that there is a driver issue, but users have noticed the Wi-Fi drivers go missing from Device Manager each time the device returns from the low-power state, InstantGo. In addition, if a connection is able to be struck up, it slows down to as little as 6 Mbps when you are running on battery power. Many owners are not getting even that, while others were required to fix Microsoft errors before connecting to specific brands of router.
Microsoft sells the Surface Pro 3 online through their website, and through their big box retail partners. The Intel core i5 variant has a price tag of $999, and comes with 128 GB inbuilt storage capacity. You get a kickstand that can be flipped and set out to any angle, allowing unrestricted work or play no matter where you are. You will need a separate type cover for the Surface Pro 3 though, if you are going to check out the “laptop replacement” claim, and this would cost you $129.99.
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Outlook is one of the best email clients in the market that has large number of features incorporated in it. The advantage of using Outlook is that it has a simple interface and easy to use tools. This helps make working with Outlook a fun process.
In addition to the basic function of sending and receiving emails, Outlook offers numerous other features to the users. Some of these features are task, contacts etc. You can add any number of contacts to the program and contacts do not mean only the email address, the program helps you to enter the complete address, phone number etc. and store these details. Outlook also helps users to schedule appointments. You can plan things more efficiently with the program and thus, improve efficiency.
Since this program comes bundled with Microsoft Office, you will receive occasional updates from Microsoft for the program. Even though most of the updates are designed to improve the features of the program and fix the bugs in the program, some of the errors can create troubles for the users. The latest update for the program from Microsoft is an update that has created problems for the users. The new issue of disappearing Office 2013 after the installation of update patches has troubled many users.
However, Microsoft says that only a few customers, less than 1 percent, have been affected by the issue. There is no Microsoft fix it for the trouble and uninstalling the update seems to be the only solution at this point. According to the software giant, the issue with the update would fully be solved by the release of new updates. So, how can you fix this issue?
According to some of the users, reinstalling Microsoft Office 2013 is the best fix for the trouble. You may use Microsoft Fix it for removing the program. Once you remove the program, restart the computer before you begin installing it again. Once reinstalled, launch the Outlook program and choose the option File. Select the option Account. Look for the option Update in the window and select it. Select the option Disable and this will disable the office updates. You need not worry about Windows updates as they would still be downloaded and installed.
With the above steps, you can fix the Outlook error with the updates temporarily. You need to make sure that you install the updates, which would soon be released by Microsoft for fixing the issue completely.
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