Warning: Today's Windows 10 Security Update Has a Known Conflict with Office

Microsoft's Gabe Aul tweets that one of today's Windows 10 Tech Preview security updates has problem -- but doesn't mention which one

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Microsoft's Gabe Aul just tweeted a warning about one of the security updates due to come down the Automatic Update chute in a few hours. Unfortunately, he didn't mention the update by name, and he didn't describe the symptoms, but he did give a workaround.

If you are running Windows 10 Tech Preview build 9879 (almost all of you Windows10 testers are on build 9879), and you have Office installed on your machine (not clear which version/s of Office), heed Aul's advice.

Here's what he tweeted:

Hey #WindowsInsiders, we just made a tough call after working through the night that I thought I should share with you. We have a security update going out today, and the installer fails on 9879 if Office is installed. Rather than rolling a new fix (losing several days in the process) we’re going to publish it as is. The workaround is painful: uninstall Office, install the hotfix, reinstall Office. Sorry. We’re working hard to fix.

First reaction: Wow. This is precisely the kind of timely information we need, delivered from a reliable source when there's a known problem with a fix that's about to go out through Automatic Update.

Second reaction: Only the people following @GabeAul intently on Twitter are going to know about the problem and its solution.

Third reaction: Can it really be that difficult to have the security patch installer skip systems running Windows 10 build 9879?

Fourth, fifth, and sixth reactions (in no particular order): A) Which patch? B) How does it fail/what are the symptoms? and C) Why isn't there some mechanism in Windows 10 Update for Microsoft to advise users about these kinds of problems?

If there ever were a reason for a Windows Security Notification, this is it. Something along the lines of: "Known conflict with Security Bulletin 300XXXXX. Click here to review conflict and proceed with installation."

Stick that in yer toaster.

This story, "Warning: Today's Windows 10 Security Update Has a Known Conflict with Office" was originally published by InfoWorld.

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