Windows Update Almost Hosed my PC (Again!)

Posted April 28th, 2005 by kyle

So after all my struggles a couple months back to unravel Windows Update’s hosing of my PC and ostensibly preventing it from trying to foist the nefarious KB885250 update on me again, a couple days ago, up pops Windows Update with another critical update to install. Luckily, I have automatic installation of updates disabled and chose the ‘Custom Install’ option instead of ‘Express Install,’ because lo and behold, what does it want to install but none other than KB885250 @#$%!? I quickly chose No, and “pretty please, don’t remind me again” (I wonder how long it will last this time). See my prior blog post for instructions on uninstalling the update if you have automatic installation turned on and it slipped this one in on you again.

Recently, an astute reader also pointed out that Microsoft appears to have (sort of) acknowledged one of the problems created by the KB885250 update. Unfortunately, the article misleadingly indicates that the problem only applies to “95- and 98-based servers,” but I’m sure it isn’t that limited since all I have on my network are Windows 2000 and XP machines. What’s more, the described fix for the (breaking) fix is not even publicly available and must be requested from Microsoft PSS (Product Support Services, or is that Pretty Shoddy Service?). We’ll give them a couple more months to see if they can actually fix it this time, but given their description of the problem, I don’t have a lot of confidence that they will. I’ll definitely be monitoring my updates even more carefully now, thank you very much.

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