May updates proved mercifully uneventful, though one update caused some headlines for Hyper-V deployments. .NET Framework and Office updates were generally well behaved.
Unfortunately, the now-notorious Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) is still causing problems, and there seems to be no end in sight.
It’s a bumpy road for Windows 8.1 Update
The upshot is that there’s no easy fix for some Windows 8.1 users. In some cases, the solution requires rebuilding or reinstalling Windows. And because there’s no Win8.1 Update media available from Microsoft or OEMs, some Microsoft customers have to roll back to their original Windows 8 configurations and start over.
In the meantime, the update clock is still running. As any Win8 user should know, Microsoft has required Win8.1 users to upgrade to Win8.1 Update in order to receive future security updates for the OS. Microsoft moved the deadline for installing KB 2919355 to June 10, as noted in a Windows Experience Blog post, but customers would have been better served if the company had provided true Windows 8.1 media to those having difficulty with the upgrade.
To complete a Win8.1 repair installation, some customers have resorted to scouring forums for dubious Win8.1 download links and using a generic product key from an MSDN website.
If you’ve not successfully installed KB 2919355, rest assured that you’ll still get the June security updates. And when you finally do get Win8.1 Update installed, you’ll be offered the May and June updates that are coded for Win8.1 Update.