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posted by martyb on Monday May 19 2014, @11:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the updates-got-you-down? dept.

Woody Leonhard of Infoworld summarizes the current state of Microsoft KB 2919355, the ambiguously-titled 'Windows 8.1 Update' (not to be confused with the update _to_ Windows 8.1).

In short: Microsoft has frozen two discussion threads on KB2919355 issues (after 103 and 116 pages of comments), and updated the Knowledge Base article with workarounds for seven major errors... some of which don't work.

In last week's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft changed their deadline for this Update until June (formerly they were requiring all Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 systems worldwide to have installed the Update in order to receive new patches).

Meanwhile, if you run a WSUS server, you may notice that the package for KB291355 (last reissued for the third time on 6 May) was apparently silently reissued over the weekend with a new release date of '15 May 2014', but there's no indication of any software updates in the KB article. The article revision number, however, now stands at '21.0'. Yes, twenty-one revisions. With no changelog.

Anyone else with interesting stories about your deployment issues with this Update?

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by SlimmPickens on Monday May 19 2014, @11:00PM

    by SlimmPickens (1056) on Monday May 19 2014, @11:00PM (#45416)

    This post-XP Microsoft stuff is all a big bunch of arrogantly-designed bloated shit; this company thinks just because computer hardware has gotten "bigger/better/faster" that they have the right to throw the kitchen sink at you and swallow as much of your computer's resources as it can.

    There's an old saying:

    What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away

    Which I just discovered from this search [] was originally written in May 1996 as:

    Grove giveth and Gates taketh away

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  • (Score: 2) by SlimmPickens on Monday May 19 2014, @11:12PM

    by SlimmPickens (1056) on Monday May 19 2014, @11:12PM (#45422)

    I really should have read that link. It was said by Robert Metcalfe in May 1996.