Non-security update rolls out Tuesday

Non-security update rolls out Tuesday

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Tomorrow, Tuesday 8 January, we are releasing several non-security update packages via Windows Update.  The updates include the regular monthly Malicious Software Removal Tool and Windows Mail Junk Mail Filter, two updates in our regular series of Windows Vista updates (KB943302 for application compatibility and KB943899 for reliability and performance), and one update of particular notice: KB935509.  Similar to previous updates that enhanced Windows Vista’s performance and reliability, these updates will be distributed automatically through Windows Update.

Tomorrow’s KB935509 release is a little different than past updates.  It is a prerequisite for installing SP1 and is applicable only for Windows Vista Ultimate and Enterprise users, because it only affects versions of Windows Vista supporting BitLocker Drive Encryption.

This update modifies the boot loader to enable successful install or uninstall of the service pack if the PC uses BitLocker encryption.  We’re releasing it now to lay the groundwork for future updates and to eliminate any extra reboots by installing it along with updates that already require a reboot.  For more information on the update, see KB article KB935509 (which will be posted on Tuesday morning).

In addition to KB985509, there are two other updates that will be prerequisites for Windows Vista SP1, for all versions of Windows Vista.  They will be released at a later date and will improve the installation experience and reliability for the service pack as well as for individual update packages.

SP1 development and testing efforts are continuing as expected and we remain on track for its release later this quarter.

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  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    Wow ^)

  • ayembee
    1 Posts

    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, like others here, KB935509 is continually failing to install... Something to do with having a dual-boot machine? :\

    Will hunt in the suggested forums. This is definitely a major pain if SP1 is dependent on this.

  • I have posted this question to Microsoft's newsgroups but all I get is comments stating that my idea is stupid and of no use. However, I think it would help many people overcome restore problems. Many people delete all prior restore points for the purpose of increasing disk space. This eliminates all restore points until a manual one is made or one is made automatically. With no restore points the only way to sometimes successfully correct problems is to do a reinstall. Why not give people the option of selecting a specific restore point and then deleting all restore points prior to that one instead of deleting all of them? They could then save the latest four, five, six, etc, etc restore points in the event of an emergency recovery. If you think this ideal is stupid please let me know and I won't bring the subject up again. Thank you for your time.

    C.B. Mullen

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey Tony Presley:  your best bet is to discuss this issue in the Windows Vista public newsgroups to see if it's been identified and whether there's a work-around:  http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=204&SiteID=17.

  • With the last Vista update, my Windows Mail contacts started having problems.  I can no longer edit any of the contacts.  If I click on a contact name, a box flashes up for a fraction of a second and then nothing.    

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey ulric:  you might find support for this issue via a TechNet forum, if it has already been identified:  http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=204&SiteID=17.  If not, feel free to make mention of it there, as I know our product team regularly culls those threads for feedback.  I'll also make sure it is seen and considered by our Dev team per your comment here -- thanks.

  • ulric
    1 Posts

    Hey, is there an official place to report Vista bugs?

    Vista's Explorer doesn't .cur files correctly in its thumbnail display, even the ones shipped with Vista.  For example, in C:\Windows\Cursors look at "cross_r.cur" or "arrow_i.cur", it's rendering a random stock Vista cursor image instead.   Property page preview is also wrong, although the mask loads fine. Load them in Visual Studio to see what the image is suposed to be.  

    It's very bizzare.. something a developer only would notice.  It's killing me since I work in UI and the display is wrong for all of our cursor.

    Anyways, I've love to log the bug through "Connect" but Vista is not there.

  • Sorry if this is not the place but I am so frustrated with this OS that I got to a point that I have to complain with someone that actually worked on it. Nothing works. And when it does it is very slow.

    But the funny thing is that you write: "we’re first and foremost focused on delivering a high-quality release, so we'll determine the exact release date of SP1 after we have reached that quality bar.". Nick, let me tell you a secret. ANYTHING you release at this point will be better than what you have.

    I wonder how billg is handling that? I would be cutting heads like crazy.

    My next computer will be a Mac... There is no way I will upgrade from XP to Vista. By the way, love XP with SP2 and Office 2007. Maybe you should put the people from Office to work fixing Vista.

    Take care.

  • Maestro
    2 Posts

    Thanks Nick.  Appreciate the link. Will Post comments there.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey nicho: we're unable to provide tech support via this blog, but I've relayed your situation to the Windows Update team.  I'd suggest visiting one of our public newsgroups for assistance.

  • nicho
    1 Posts

    Hi: none of the 5 updates released on Jan 8th are installing. My thinkpad T61p on Vista32 business reboots constantly, tries to update then shuts down, then restarts and shows failed updates. Every day it tries again and this is driving me nuts. All updates have installed without any problem to date, so I think this block of updates have a bug in the install process. Am I the only one impacted by the problem?

    Thanks

    Nick

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey wdhall:  sorry to hear that your installation didn't go well.  While I cannot help toubleshoot, I have relayed your situation to our Windows Update team for investigation -- thanks for taking the time to share the circumstances.

  • Jarskin
    2 Posts

    KB935509 failed to install several times.

    I have two harddisks. Disk A I have Vista, Suse 6.3 Linux and Grub-bootloader. This is my normal boot-disk and startup configuration. I have drive B where is XP and Vista own bootloader for XP-Vista (Vista is still on disk A) selection. Today I boot from drive B and KB935509 installed without problems.

    I select drive A again to my boot-disk and Vista started well. Good, but I wonder what happens to SP1-installation when available. Maybe KB935509 makes something to bootloader and that modification is now on wrong disk.

  • wdhall
    2 Posts

    Re: my just-finished rant.

    Oops, I just noticed your remark that this blog don't do tech support. My apologies for the error, I'll dash over there to get things done.

  • wdhall
    2 Posts

    I just (an hour or so ago) had update KB935509 installed per very insistent suggestion of my machine (running Vista Ultimate). After all, I thought I'd be a compliant MS customer and have automatic updates done: why not?

    My box is a brand-new (well, it's really ~6 months old) Fujitsu N6460 notebook with a 64 bit dual-core Intel processor and 4GB of ram. This would be an awfully expensive paperweight, so I have a real incentive to avoid further problems regarding these automatic updates.

    I'm not running anything fancier than Vista, Norton Internet Security, MS Office.

    Next thing I know, I can't start windows normally and I get to go through some process to roll things back. I'm actually relatively thankful that this was done without me having to know anything, because I sure don't. However, I'd really rather not have mandated updates make my machine unusable, either!

    According to my event viewer, the relevant

    error ID is 0x80242016. I'll note that about 15 updates have been done, since last October, all without incident.

    I don't want to be a pest, but WTF?

    Of course, my machine is now suggesting

    once again that this update be installed.

    ... do I feel lucky? Should I?

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey sararocs:  an update that fails to install could have many underlying causes, but in the end, such a problem may be an indicator of a more serious issue.  You should contact Customer Support at http://support.microsoft.com and use the 'chat' or 'email' links to try to resolve this issue.  Unfortunately, this blog is not equipped to provide technical support.  Good luck!

  • I have tried installing kb935509 many times on my vista ultimate 32 bit with firewall & anti virus turned off. I get a fatal error right after the *configuring update* screen every time and then it just keeps rebooting and crashing. Even crashes in safe mode.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey Maestro:  these updates do not affect IE7 to my knowledge.  Please do us the favor of reporting your experience here, however:  http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1992&SiteID=17 -- thanks.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey Christopher Lively:  you have a Beta version of SP1 installed and these files pertain to the RTM version, so they're still necessary.  See my previous comment for more detail.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey someone:  correct, the full version of SP1 once released will include all prerequisite files with it.

  • Maestro
    2 Posts

    Do any of the updates affect the way that Internet Explorer handles cookies?  I ask as I administer a site that uses cookies and have been hit with a salvo of support calls from Vista users since the release of the updates.

    Since the latest security updates, all vista clients that connect to our website are not storing cookies.

    The site also uses activeX controls and these are failing to install onto the vista clients even though the site is a Trusted Site, protected mode has been disabled and all relevant activex settings have been enabled . XP and other windows clients work fine i.e. also using I.E.7

    Any Ideas?

  • dovella
    303 Posts

    i ricived This update in WIndows Update , and i have home premium , in reboot my PC block, i push reset and now it s OK

    http://xs123.xs.to/xs123/08024/ilmioupdate265.jpg

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey BillD:  we noticed earlier today that in a small number of cases, this update was offered for installation on all Windows Vista editions instead of for Ultimate and Enterprise only, so we adjusted the logic to redefine that behavior.  Systems with Windows Update set to download and install updates automatically will not install it even if it has already downloaded, so ultimately, most people will not be affected.  If you happen to already have installed the update on your system it will have no negative impact.  It was designed to install on all versions of Windows Vista but is not required on any other version for SP1.

  • BillD
    15 Posts

    Windows Update installed this KB935509 on my Vista Home Premium.

    So this patch is for everybody.

  • For those of us who already have SP1 installed, how are we affected with these new updates being a prerequisite for Windows Vista SP1?

  • someone
    156 Posts

    These prerequisites are only for Windows Update users right? The full downloadable version won't require these right?