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  • Are Bluekeep patches causing BSODs with Server 2008 SP2 and Vista?

    There are reports that the Monthly Rollups started causing problems with Server 2008 SP2 beginning in April. It seems the same issues have occurred on Windows Vista  with Microsoft’s advice to patch for Bluekeep using Server 2008 SP2 patches.
    According to the same anonymous poster who reported the issues in April with KB4493471:

    I realize this topic is getting old, but Avast just recently took action to address issues that have existed on Server 2008 SP2 since April updates changed the build number to 6003.[…]. They say “the squeaky wheel gets the oil,” and Windows 7 certainly squeaks louder than Server 2008; but Avast finally heard a different squeak in a recent spiceworks thread titled Windows Bluekeep patches causing Win32k.sys 0x0000008E BSOD. Avast has recently posted new Knowledge Base articles with titles such as BSOD/Failure to Boot after Installing Avast Business Antivirus version 18.8 on Windows Server 2008. The same issues occurred on Windows Vista if Microsoft’s advice to patch BlueKeep by installing KB4499180 was taken.

    Are any of you seeing these issues, particulatly among those patching Vista for Bluekeep with the Server 2008 SP2 Rollups?

    Reference: Spiceworks thread and Avast Knowledge Base article.

    Thx, anonymous

  • Problems reported with this month’s Server 2008 Monthly Rollup KB 4493471

    I’m seeing reports of bad problems with KB 4493471, this month’s Monthly Rollup for Server 2008 (not R2). According to an anonymous poster here on AskWoody:

    It was not possible to boot in normal mode, nor in safe mode had to use startup recovery WinPE environment and eventually fall back to system restore to restore back to before the April monthly rollup was installed.

    The poster says that they’re running Avast Free, which isn’t one of the identified antivirus packages with an acknowledged antipathy to this month’s patch. It’s a 64-bit Server 2008 machine.

    He/she has a second machine running 32-bit Server 2008 (again, not R2):

    It boots up ok but has developed new undesirable explorer.exe behavior in that when trying to rename, copy into or delete files out of any protected location that requires UAC elevation to proceed the UAC prompts all occur but the actual operation is never attempted i.e. if renaming a registered file extension there is no warning changing the file type may make the file no longer work or whatever words it would normally use suggesting the abort happens before the changes are even attempted. The action can be completed from an administrator command window .

    Removing the Monthly Rollup relieves the problem. This machine is running Windows Defender.

    Has anybody out there seen this problem?

    Thx, anonymous.