KB3102429 Re-issued, still breaking things

Things are getting a bit silly in the Microsoft patch world.

KB3102429 was originally released on November 17, 2015. It’s a very unexciting update for most people as it will “Update that supports Azerbaijani Manat and Georgian Lari currency symbols in Windows”. I’d be passing on that – but a lot of people have automatic approvals on any Windows Update relevant to their system. This is partly done because Microsoft used to be great at patching and testing; there was rarely an issue that made it’s way to the world. In the last year or so, that has definitely not rung true.

I’ve written about a few of these recently such as KB3114409 Causes Outlook 2010 to run in Safe Mode and Outlook Patch KB2956128 Breaks Profile Changing (and KB3054881) along with the apparent mismanagement of how these updates are handled from Microsoft. KB3102429 seems to be of a similar story.

When KB3102429 first came out, there were some weird problems that arose. The most common one was with Crystal Reports exporting to PDFs as well as some other programs, and other things broke too if you start digging around on Google with the KB3102429 search.

Stranger still, is that Microsoft have now re-relesaed the same KB on the 19th January 2016 with the generic expalantion of ‘Install this update to resolve issues in Windows.’ – something I’d hope all patches do :)

This now means that WSUS is aware of two patches with the same name – even more confusion!

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I have had reports of weird Outlook visualisation problems on random computers, which has taken multiple reboots to clear. This was the only patch that was applied to the PC before the issue occured.

Without knowing what this patch does beyond the original November desription, and appearing to have no security impact – I’d suggest uninstalling. If you have any information to share on this, please do!

 

3 thoughts on “KB3102429 Re-issued, still breaking things

  1. Reminds me of iOS “update til it breaks”, creating bullshit patches until your computer is swamped with errors so you update to Windows 10 accepting their user-end agreement which blatantly states they spy on you.

  2. Since MS started the offensive advertisment of WIN 10 I reguarly check updates first and I wait with unknown (or bad commented) ones until there is more information in the wWw. Finally MS made me become more familliar with Linux (again). As far as I have checked yet all my main applications will run well and even the exotic ones have good alternatives – much better and easier to handle than in the old days. So MS will loose 5 OS licenses just by trying to bind me stronger. 8-D

  3. FUCK Microsoft. Is there enough freedom of speech to say something so appropriate in level of insult, so appropriate in level of swearing, so appropriate in level of simplicity and so appropriate in level of counter-abuse? Since Microsoft want to spy on you wholesale (they were waiting until technology had indoctrinated people into being spied-upon by either not being able to properly socialise if they didn’t use social media and keep their privacy – or lose their privacy and gain convenient social media communication. Even though the algorithms and security design of the social media could EASILY have been made massively-superior – as more recent privacy-orientate products prove. Now, if Microsoft aren’t part of some global-totalitarian plot, why are they so dictatorial in policy? “The plan is to hold us back / The ultimate goal [gold?] is total control, remember that, Jack” – Geto Boys – ‘No Sellout’. No coincidence that the latter’s album is called ‘Grip It! On That Other Level’. Grip what? REALITY. All who get the significance of FOSS / Open Source, I raise my non-alcoholic glass to you indeed! (Alcohol and drugs is one major means of getting ‘human resources’ to tolerate being bent to the system, and really should be paid for as a business expense like any other, but people are stupid – or trapped – enough to fall for it[!]).

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