Who knew releasing OS patches could be such an ordeal? Well, it is. Microsoft has made another fumble, this time with a Windows 10 security update, which the company has now pulled.
Last week, the company released KB4524244, a security update meant for all flavors of Windows 10 except versions 1507and 1511. It only had one fix, which was for an issue where third-party UEFI boot managers could expose UEFI computers to a vulnerability.
Yeah, nothing more specific than that.
Except that this patch has now gained notoriety for causing more problems than it solved.
Not only does this patch fails to install on some devices, it also causes other issues including breaking down the “Reset this PC” option where it is successfully installed. That is, if you encounter no other problems after installing it.
The software titan describes everything in detail in a post on its support forum.
That said, the company has already removed the update:
“This standalone security update has been removed due to an issue affecting a sub-set of devices. It will not be re-offered from Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Update Catalog. Note: Removal of this standalone security update does not affect successful installation or any changes within any other February 11, 2020 security updates, including Latest Cumulative Update (LCU), Monthly Rollup or Security Only update.”
So, while the update is removed and devices can no longer install it, Microsoft does note that the decision does not affect computers where the update is already running.
Which is to say, if you have not experienced any issues on your computer with KB4524244 installed, you are good to go, and should not be in for a rough ride. But since it’s always better to be safe than sorry, the company has nuked this patch for now.