Late last week, Microsoft released a patch that was supposed to fix issues arising from its Windows 8.1 August update. The problem is that when the company released this new patch, it seems to have caused even more problems while not entirely eliminating the ones it was designed to fix.
The update, which was technically made available for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 was rereleased after users found quite a few bugs. That original patch was released on August 12 and it seems users were complaining about having problems almost immediately. Because of these complaints, Microsoft pulled that update off the shelf and went to work trying to stomp out the known bugs.
While the new release is going to solve a number of the issues users encountered when they installed the original, buggy update there are some problems that have arisen on the side. The main problem is that Microsoft apparently buried the lead, in that it didn’t adequately tell people how to uninstall the previous update. Because the newest release isn’t really a fix, so much as a brand new update, there have been problems with the newest release being tacked on top of the old, buggy update.
Among the problems that have been reported is a completely black screen. This is of course the absolute worst issue, because Windows users aren’t going to know whether it’s the operating system or something actually wrong with their computers. Other users who have downloaded the brand new update, labeled KB 2993651. One other problem seems to be that people have lost the ability to automatically check for new updates.
It should be pointed out, a great deal of the Windows users are reporting all is well, so the problems popping up could be getting created by a combination of problems on a small number of computers. It is also possible that the longer this new update is out in the public, the more issues will be noted by a larger number of users.
All of this is rather problematic for Microsoft when you take into consideration the fact the company is looking to unveil Windows 9 later this fall. Some reports have that unveiling coming as soon as later this month. While the official release of the brand new operating system to the general public isn’t expected to occur until February of next year at the absolute earliest, there are plenty of people who say these mistakes don’t bode well.
Most reports have claimed Windows 9 is going to be boasting much faster update releases. Industry insiders are now looking at what appears to be back-to-back mistakes from Microsoft and wondering what kind of damage could be done in the near future. If these kinds of update issues are occurring in Windows 9, there could be a much larger population of Windows users who basically have crippled computers.