Microsoft removes KB4524244 and advises users to uninstall it

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KB4524244

The second round of Patch Tuesday updates hit live last week, and it brought mostly fixes to all versions of Windows 10. However, not everything went ll that well. It seems that one particular KB, namely KB4524244 has been causing plenty of issues with a variety of system features.

KB4524244 was supposed to fix issues with the UEFI boot manager, but for many people, the patch had problems during installation, and for others, it led to system freezes.

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In fact, the problems were so great, both in terms of severity and how often they occurred, that Microsoft decided to pull back KB4524244 altogether.

KB4524244 was removed shortly after release

According to Microsoft official sources:

This standalone security update has been removed due to an issue affecting a subset 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.

This happens to be the same page that once held KB4524244’s changelog, but has since been updated to reflect the current changes.

More so, Microsoft stated that it will not be reintroduced through any of the conventional update methods, including:

  • Windows Update
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Microsoft Update Catalog

As an added measure, the page also provides a step-by-step guide on how to remove KB4524244 for those that have already installed it.

Thankfully enough, there is nothing special about uninstalling this particular update. Simply visit the Control Panel and navigate to Installed Updates where all other updates will be listed. You then just search for KB4524244 and choose to uninstall it.

Microsoft also added that an improved version of this cumulative update will be available soon. However, no specific launch date was given yet.

What’s your take on Microsoft’s decision to remove a troublesome cumulative build? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll continue the talk.

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