| By Susan Bradley |
While much of the world turns its attention to this week’s royal wedding of Will and Kate, I’m still cleaning up the royal mess following the largest Patch Tuesday we’ve had.
PowerPoint 2003 finally is fixed, but headaches remain for .Net and other updates.
MS11-022 (2464588), 2543241Finally you can install the PowerPoint update
In the previous Patch Watch, I put a hold on the PowerPoint 2003 update included in MS11-022 (KB 2464588) because it broke PowerPoint. After the update was installed, some presentations that had background images could not be opened and gave a corrupted file error message. The only workaround was to uninstall the update or open the file in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 — neither an acceptable solution.
Microsoft’s response to this flaw is the hotfix offered in MS Support article 2543241. Note, however, that Microsoft recommends applying the fix only if you need it.
2509470The update for Outlook is still a pass
When I read the description of KB 2509470, it seemed more important for enterprise customers than consumers. My recommendation was to wait for further testing on the patch. Sure enough, soon after it was released, reports came in that it blocked the ability to print via Outlook’s print preview. Microsoft quickly pulled the update and plans to re-release it.
MS11-025 (2467175 and 2467174)Developer patches develop into big problems
If you manually scan for updates, you may see two related patches for Visual C++ listed but not marked for installation (see Figure 1). Although I’ve not run into problems with either update so far, I’m still not installing them on my production systems until I know that my business applications support them.