Microsoft Issued Half a Dozen Problematic Patches Last Tuesday

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GuruAid-CS

Microsoft has had several 'Black Tuesdays' before. The frustration caused by such incidents is understandable, but updates are an essential part of the Operating System. Nothing is built perfect the first time. And you can't improve on something unless you find its shortcomings. Updates are just a way of fixing new issues that can only be found out after the product is in use. Overall, they do more good than harm, and an occasional glitch just proves that we're human after all.
At GuruAid, we often recommend our customers have Automatic updates always enabled to keep their system up-to-date. The problems caused due to problematic patches can usually be undone by doing a simple system restore or manually uninstalling the update that's causing the issue. Also, once they're aware of a problematic update, the developers at Microsoft are pretty quick in responding and releasing patches or Fixit solutions to fix the issue. So, our recommendation is, keep auto-updates enabled and make sure your system is up-to-date.
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Granite

hmmm...

I use Win8 and I've installed all patches. I'm up to date.

But I've seen no problems with my machine. Games and programs run fine. Computer runs fine.

Maybe I'm just lucky...

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edchombeau

I haven't seen any new corrected updates.

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maxeeemum

Windows Patch Tuesday! LOL! I learned a long time ago in my early XP days that you should turn off automatic updates. I use the check for updates and let me choose when to download setting. I then wait at least 3 weeks before I use any patch from M$. But I normally wait till the weekend before the new patch Tuesday.

This way you let others be the guinea pig and see if they are not problematic. You know M$ is such a stellar company.

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dgrmouse

The conflict between Rift and KB2859537 is due to Rift doing crap on your machine that it shouldn't be doing.

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andy4theherd

I installed these updates just before installing the alpha release of 7 Days 2 Die. I kept having problems with my keyboard and mouse. I thought it was the game at first. I did a registry scan with CCleaner and found a dozen problems all related to the Windows update. I haven't had any problems since repairing the reg.

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Griedire

I had a very similar issue with my Steam games and VLC. I noticed mine when I tried to minimized or restore the steam window. There was a trail of the window shrinking or restoring to size. When I tried to listen to my music with VLC and it was very choppy. What I found was that Window Media Player and IE operated just fine. I eventually ended up running a registry cleaner to fix the performance issues.

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harrisonmcgiggins

Glad I never install microsoft updates. Seriously, just get it right the first time.

And beforevyou scream "Viruhses!!) I scan once a week with malwarebytes.

Forget updates.

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aca20031

What if I scream "unpatched security vulnerability that isn't a virus but can still allow someone to exploit your machine remotely!!!!"

MS jumps through a lot of hoops to ensure its updates are "right the first time" :)

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harrisonmcgiggins

Nope, dont care. Come at me bro.

Just want my 20 second boot time, with no corrupted/inflated registry from all the supposed "updates"

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Trooper_One

@harrisonmcgiggins

There are more to patches than just viruses. MS goes through a lot of trouble fixing stuff - some of which may not pick up by your anti-virus program.

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acidic

only the monthly malicious removal tool showed up for me last week on all 3 machines running win7. just checked again and nothing shows up

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r3dd4wg

MSFT should get rid of those Facebook programmers over there.

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Bucket_Monster

What is MS's problem? A few weeks back they had a patch that screwed up certain games where the video sequences wouldn't display the top half of the screen. So you had to go remove the update, I believe it was KB2803821. They eventually released a fixed version, but it's really annoying how some of their patches are extremely buggy.

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Rift2

Rift was a good game until the Bloom got to me after a few weeks.
World Boss raids were the best though game gave me some pretty bad eyestrain though.

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Bucket_Monster

I would think you could disable Bloom effects in graphics settings? I know some games let you do that.

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Rift2

You can somewhat I think Guildwars 2 calls it post processing which helped me a lot. But who still plays Guildwars 2 =)

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MrPC2010

It wouldn't surprise me if it fucked up some forum features and Dawn of War 2 launch problems too, it all started this week.

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Bucket_Monster

A few weeks back they had a screwed up patch, KB2803821 that screwed up video sequences in Darksiders and some other games. Cut off the top half of the screen. They finally released a fixed version but it was really annoying. I had just removed the update to temporarily fix it, but I shouldn't have had to do that.

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bjoswald

"Awe, come on. Please use Windows 8! It's really fast and secure. Honest! Please...?"

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PCLinuxguy

The sad part is that you're a "paid MS Shill" if you support Win8 according to some tech forums. I have Win8 triple booted on a test box (with Linux and Mac OSX) as well as a single boot on a couple of production machines and it works just fine.

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tristone

I remember some reviews were saying graphics performance on Win8 was very poor as it was on Win7 in the beginning. It might not be a good idea for gamers to move to Win8 in the first wave.

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PCLinuxguy

it's a matter of trial and error IMO for gamers, but not so much for graphics issues as just general OS compatibility