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  • Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2010 non-security patches

    Posted on January 5th, 2019 at 08:20 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This just in from Günter Born...

    Microsoft has yanked all four of this month’s Office 2010 non-security patches. None of these are currently available in the Microsoft Update Catalog:

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616)

    The KB articles are still out there, but they now say:

    After you install this update, you may experience difficulties in Microsoft Excel or other applications. To resolve this, uninstall the update by following the instructions in the “More information” section.

    This update is no longer available.

    There are instructions for manually uninstalling the patches.

    Japanese-language sites are all lit up with warnings about the patches clobbering Excel. Microsoft’s mealy-mouth “experience difficulties in Microsoft Excel” doesn’t say much, but the Japanese language posts certainly do. For example, @odsyeu on the site says (translation by Google):

    After installation, program stop error now appears when opening the Excel file.

    You gotta wonder who tests this stuff.

    As Born says:

    This is the 3rd or 4th attempt from Microsoft to establish the Japanese calendar thing. In November 2018 Updates for Office 2010 were been pulled, and in December 2018 we also had Office 2010 updates for Japanese calendar.

    Whotta mess. But you’re OK because you haven’t installed any January patches yet, right?