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Latest Windows 8.1 Update has Critical Bugs

Aug 18 2014, 2:11am CDT | by , in News | Microsoft Windows

Latest Windows 8.1 Update has Critical Bugs

Microsoft pulled the latest Windows 8.1 Update released last Tuesday due to bugs.

Microsoft has pulled the latest Windows 8.1 updates released last Tuesday due to bugs. The company is still working on a fix. Microsoft issued a message in the support section describing three known issues that triggered them to remove the download links to the update files.

The three known issues are:

Known issue 1
After you install this security update, fonts that are installed in a location other than the default fonts directory (%windir%\fonts\) cannot be changed when they are loaded into any active session. Attempts to change, replace, or delete these fonts will be blocked, and a "File in use" message will be presented.

Known issue 2

Microsoft is investigating behavior in which fonts do not render correctly after any of the following updates are installed:

  • 2982791 MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014
  • 2970228 Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows
  • 2975719 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 2975331 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012

Known issue 3
Microsoft is investigating behavior in which systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after any of the following updates are installed:

  • 2982791 MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014
  • 2970228 Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows
  • 2975719 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 2975331 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 
 

So if you have encountered any of the above issues, the latest update is to blame. Usually your Windows 8 is set to automatic updates. So you got treated to this issues automatically.

The support message also includes instructions on how to uninstall these updates to get back to a stable system. It requires to edit the registry. So be careful.

See the full details on the Microsoft Support page.

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