Microsoft Yanks Patch Tuesday Kernel Update Containing a BSOD Bug

Paul Lilly

Just when you thought that BSODs were a thing of the past

After installing Microsoft's August 2014 Patch Tuesday updates, you may have noticed some wonky behavior in Windows. If you're especially unluckly, you may have even been experiencing those dreaded Blue Screen of Death errors that have largely been eradicated in recent years. It turns out there's some potentially buggy code that could cause BSODs after installing the updates , which prompted Microsoft to pull the patch offline while it investigates the issue.

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

  • 2987291: 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

This condition may be persistent and may prevent the system starting correctly," Microsoft says.

There are a couple of other known issues associated with the update, both of which relate to fonts, though the BSOD problem is by far the most concerning. If you're negatively affected by the update, or simply don't want to risk that something will go wrong, Microsoft details a step-by-step instructions to get things working again.

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