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Microsoft releases buggy Office 2016 Patch KB4462238


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Microsoft released non-security updates for Microsoft installed-based versions of Microsoft's Office suite on May 7, 2019. These updates address and fix issues in supported versions of Office but sometimes, they introduce issues of their own.

 

Turns out, KB4462238 for Microsoft Office 2016 falls in that category of updates. Released to fix synchronization issues in OneNote 2016, the update introduces a bug of its own that affects any installed Office application.

 

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It appears that it breaks hyperlinks in any Office application. Microsoft notes that clicking on hyperlinks may cause the Office application to stop working altogether.

After this update is installed, clicking a hyperlink in an Office application, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook, may cause the application to stop working.

Microsoft suggests that the update is uninstalled from the system to resolve the issue.

If you experience this issue, you can uninstall the update by following the instructions in the "More information" section.

The company provides removal instructions for the update. You may want to check out our in-depth tutorial on uninstalling Windows updates (including Office updates).

 

One has to wonder how a major bug like this one slipped through the testing cracks. It is certainly possible that the bug is affecting only a tiny number of machines; Microsoft would have pulled the update, probably, if it would affect all Office installations it is installed on or the majority of them.

 

Then again, Microsoft has a track record of releasing buggy updates. Windows 10 version 1809 is a prime example of this; the whole Windows community, at least those on Windows 10, hopes that Microsoft gets Windows 10 version 1903 right the first time it is released later this month.

Closing Words

A bug that stops any Office application dead in its track is quite serious; Office administrators and users who have not installed the patch yet may want to consider skipping it until the issue is resolved. OneNote 2016 users who require Sync may want to try installing the patch. Those who don't click on hyperlinks or can avoid clicking on them may do so as well.

 

Source: Microsoft releases buggy Office 2016 Patch KB4462238 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)

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Microsoft Releases, Then Pulls, Botched Update KB4462238 

The latest round of non-security updates for the Microsoft Office productivity suite went live earlier this week, bringing patches for all versions of the software.

 

The latest round of non-security updates for the Microsoft Office productivity suite went live earlier this week, bringing patches for all versions of the software.

 
But as some Microsoft Office 2016 users found out the hard way, one of the updates published by Microsoft this week caused more harm than good.

And this is because update KB4462238 comes with a bug that breaks down Office apps, a behavior that Microsoft itself acknowledged a few hours ago.

“After this update is installed, clicking a hyperlink in an Office application, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook, may cause the application to stop working. If you experience this issue, you can uninstall the update by following the instructions in the "More information" section,” Microsoft says.

The “More information” section, however, no longer exists, as the software giant puled the update completely.New updates next weekThe update was originally supposed to correct synchronization issues in OneNote 2016, so should you decide to remove KB4462238 from your system, these issues might be back on the device.

For the time being, uninstalling the update seems to be pretty much the only workaround in case the Office productivity suite is broken down after installing KB4462238. Microsoft hasn’t provided any details regarding a fix, but more information should be offered when new updates land next week as part of the May 2019 Patch Tuesday cycle.

Microsoft will release updates containing both security and non-security fixes on Patch Tuesday, but it remains to be seen if the company has enough time to address this bug on such a short notice.

Devices where the latest Office updates aren’t installed would no longer be offered the botched patch KB4462238. At the time of writing this article, there are no reports concerning other possible Office updates causing issues on devices where they are installed.
 
 
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