Microsoft withdraws, re-releases 10 Patch Tuesday updates

September 16, 2013 // 9:43 a.m.

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Microsoft has withdrawn and re-issued eight security patches from its most recent Patch Tuesday release in order to address problems with installation and operation.

The latest in Microsoft's regular monthly patch cycle releases was a particularly poor one: of the patches released, reports almost immediately came in regarding problems with at least five ranging from the disappearance of the folder pane in Outlook 2013 to other patches repeatedly installing over and over again, without ever actually solving the security flaw they were written to resolve.

It marked the latest in an embarrassing run for the company, which has been failing in its quality control of late: out of the Patch Tuesday update releases from the past six months, only one - May - went without a hitch, with patches being withdrawn and re-issued in August, July, June, and April as well as September.

Now, at least, the company claims that it has resolved the issues with its latest round of security patches. In a revision to its original release bulletin, Microsoft has withdrawn and re-issued eight security and two non-security updates to resolve customer-reported issues - the company's worst achievement yet. 'We have investigated the issue, established the cause, and we have released new updates that will cease the unnecessary re-targeting of the updates or the correct offering of these updates,' a spokesperson claimed of the updates.

For those having trouble with previously-installed updates, re-running Windows Update should download the new versions and resolve the issues; for those who used Windows Updates' ability to hide updates in order to prevent the botched patches from being continuously offered, you'll likely need to manually un-hide the update and install again in order to fully resolve the issue.

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