Last week Microsoft rolled out a large set of updates that cover both the Windows operating system and Microsoft Outlook. In my testing, the updates have installed fine. However, Microsoft has indicated that they have since removed some of the Windows OS updates from distribution on Friday – based on early feedback from users that they may cause a “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD) situation.
The most sever case is with MS14-045. For details on the updates in question, check out this ZDNet article.
For I.T. personnel, Ed Langley (Naked PowerShell) has written a series of PowerShell scripts (click here) to determine if any of the relevant updates are installed on a system.
- If you, tend to periodically run Windows Updates on your own workstations, I would advise against doing so until I hear more from Microsoft.
- The Microsoft Office updates are not involved, and can be applied as desired.
- Finally, it’s because of situations like these that I recommend that servers are NOT configured to have updates automatically applied.
There is nothing you need to do as a response to this email. This is simply an advisory – unless of course you have encountered a workstation that has had a BSOD.