Microsoft rolled out a series of patches for Windows on August 12th including security patches and a few updates that add new features to the operating system. Unfortunately 4 of the updates have been reported to cause some users’ computers to crash and some people have had problems starting their systems properly.
So Microsoft has removed download links for those updates and you might want to think about uninstalling them if they’re already on your system.
For more details, check out “Known issue 3” in Microsoft’s description of its August 12th, 2014 security update.
The updates in question are:
- 2982791 MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers
- 2970228 Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows
- 2975719 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
- 2975331 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012
Even if you have Windows Update enabled, you probably won’t have all 4 installed, since they apply to different versions of the Windows operating system.
You can uninstall the updates by opening the Windows “add or remove programs” utility and selecting “View Installed Updates” on the left. Then just right-click the update you want to remove and choose the uninstall option.