Microsoft rolled out a series of updates last Friday, marking an odd Patch Tuesday, or better yet Patch Friday event.
Strangely enough, the Redmond giant already pulled two of the updates it had released, Windows 8.1 KB4052233 and Windows 7 KB4052234 due to major technical issues. In other words, these updates brought more issues than bug fixes.
If you check Microsoft’s support page, you’ll see that the KB articles for these updates are nowhere to be found. The same is valid for Microsoft’s Update Catalog website.
Windows 7 KB4052234 and Windows 8.1 KB4052233
Both these updates aimed at fixing the same issue, namely the ‘Unexpected error from external database driver’ error message.
The problem is that these updates brought too many issues of their own. Users reported that application exception errors often occurred when closing apps and programs. Also, Internet Explorer remained unresponsive or crashed repeatedly.
Strangely enough, KB4052233 and KB4052234 forced computers to download a series of updates that Microsoft released two years ago. It appears that these two patches broke Windows Update’s chronology, causing the system to request and install old updates.
Microsoft quietly removes the patches
The Redmond giant quickly pulled both patches, just one day after release. The company has yet to issue any official statement about the bugs caused by KB4052233 and KB4052234. The fact that Microsoft removed these patches confirms its engineers are aware of these issues.
This unpleasant situation reminds users once again that they shouldn’t hurry to install the latest Windows updates. The best solution is to disable automatic updates and install the patches one week after release. By that time, Microsoft will have identified and fixed all the major bugs.
The November Patch Tuesday edition should arrive next Tuesday. Out earnest piece of advice to you is to wait for one week before hitting the update button.