Just a few days after Microsoft rolled out its latest Windows update, the company has pulled it, and is recommending users to uninstall it. The move comes after there were reports that the update caused the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to pop up.
At the heart of the matter are four individual updates (2982791, 2970228, 2975719, and 297533) that addressed security and features. The Redmond-based company identified three issues regarding the behavior it had seen when users installed these updates.
First, fonts installed in a location other than the default fonts directory (%windir%\fonts\) cannot be changed when they are loaded into any active session. Attempts to change, replace, or delete these fonts will be blocked, and a "File in use" message will be presented. Second, fonts don’t render correctly. Third, and the most critical one, systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message, preventing them from starting correctly.
"Microsoft recommends that customers uninstall this update. As an added precaution, Microsoft has removed the download links to the 2982791 security update", the company wrote in its updated MS14-045 security bulletin. If you've downloaded and installed the update, follow the detailed steps mentioned in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2982791 to uninstall it.
Of course, this isn't the first time a Windows Update has run into problems. Back in 2013, the software giant urged Windows 7 users to uninstall an update that resulted in a BSOD. Late last year, the company pulled its Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store after users started experiencing boot configuration data errors, resulting in BSOD.