Saturday, August 16, 2014

Four Recent Microsoft KB patches Can Crash or Corrupt Your Computer


Microsoft recently announced (Mid August 2014) that some of the recent KB patches released to the public are causing corruption and crashes of many computers.

The most serious KB is KB2982791

MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014


The other three KBs are:

  • KB2970228
  • KB2975719
  • KB2975331

I have posted the following PowerShell script to help you quickly identify if your computer has any of these four KBs installed.

If you do have any of these four KBs installed, please read the mitigations steps listed in the KB articles.

Tip: You might want to create a restore point before removing the KBs, as a fall back just in case…



Here is what my output looks like:


It appears I have to uninstall KB2982791 !!

Here is an article from ZDNET on the situation:

Microsoft pulls updates, recommends uninstall


I borrowed the script from ScriptingGuy Ed Wilson and made a few changes.

Use PowerShell to Easily Find Information About Hotfixes


If you have many servers to check, you can always get a list of servers from a text / CSV file and add the ComputerName parameter.


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