Microsoft Patching the Latest Patch

Microsoft is now patching patches. The latest patch, detailed here, is now being patched to correct the problems it created, such as not being able to do a save as in Word, because of a problem in created in saving files in the My Documents folder, or being able to click the plus sign which should expand the directory tree.

The MS06-015 patch, designed to plug a flaw in Windows Explorer, can cause myriad problems for users of HP printers, scanners and digital cameras or Nvidia drivers prior to version 61.94. People with Sunbelt Software’s Kerio Personal Firewall also will notice that Windows no longer works as it should after applying the fix, Microsoft has said.

The troubles include being unable to access or save files in special folders like “My Documents” and “My Pictures” and unresponsive Office applications. Other issues include applications that crash after trying to open a file, no response after typing an address into Internet Explorer’s address bar, and no effect after right-clicking on a file and selecting “Send To,” according to an article on Microsoft’s support Web site.

While designed to fix a security issue in Windows Explorer, the patch can actually also impair that specific Windows feature. Clicking on the “plus” sign beside a folder in the file browser may have no effect, Microsoft said in its support article. That action should expand the directory tree.

The Windows Explorer fix is not the only patch that can cause trouble for users. Some people have reported problems with three out of five security updates that Microsoft released this month. A comprehensive fix for Internet Explorer can break some Web applications and an update for Outlook Express can block access to the address book, among other issues. Source: News.com

This patch will be released Tuesday to people who have already applied the patch and are experiencing problems. Wonder how they know people who are experiencing problems? Are they expecting everyone to send those error reports you get when a program crashes? Lot’s of people don’t do this, and lot’s of people try to fix stuff on their own, rather than rely on their IT department. They say if you are not experiencing the problem, then you don’t need the patch. But one would think you would want to cover every base and make every pc the same, what happens when someone installs a printer they got from someone in the HR department with the older software? Will Microsoft automatically know this has happened?

Here is a list of the operating systems affected:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, when used with:
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server 2000 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1, when used with:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, when used with:
Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4