Microsoft pulls non-security updates for Office 2010

Seems Microsoft is starting off the year on a bad foot just a day before Patch Tuesday. Microsoft pulled all 4 non-security updates released last week even though one may be the culprit. They weren’t taking chances.

Gone are:

  • Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627) – the primary culprit.
  • Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217)
  • Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225)
  • Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616)

At issue is that Excel [and maybe some other Office applications] may crash on start up or have other issues.

Go to “Installed Updates” off “Programs & Features” and remove them.



March Office 2010 update causes Access problems

After installing KB3085515 for Microsoft Access 2010, you may encounter errors with your ACCDE/MDE files and/or wizards. This is because of an issue with the VBE7.DLL file. See KB3085515 on how to uninstall the update if it affects you. If it doesn’t affect you, no harm.

The update will be re-released in Aprtil. The current update has been pulled.

Here’s a stack of free Microsoft eBooks

Available in multiple formats….

[What a monster link!]

The nature of Microsoft updates

Right away, for April 2015, there are a stack of updates for Office 2010 users and the usual larger stack of updates for Office 2013 [I’ll get to that reason why shortly].

One thing that has been uncovered by a research company is [would you believe] a decade plus old vulnerability. Yes. You read it right. It’s been around since the 1990s according to a research company. The vulnerability came out in 1997.

Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability but said it could be only vulnerability under certain strict conditions. But since it is unknown if this months patches includes a fix, they didn’t go into detail. But at least a fix is promised.

Well, at least it doesn’t seem to be as nasty as March or as buggy as February. So far.

But the bug affects other software from Microsoft as well as at least 30 other software developers from Adobe to Symantec to Oracle. Ouch.

Back to the Office 2013 updates. Microsoft had decided some point after service pack 1 for Office 2013, that there would be no more service packs for Office 2013. Instead monthly updates.

Now if you looked at last months updates, Office 2013 accounted for about 1 GB of 1.2 GB to download [if you downloaded individually and not through Windows Update]. Can you imagine this every month? Microsoft releases the updates by components. So one for Word, another for Excel, another for filters/converters. You get the idea.

Some months an update for [say Excel] isn’t included because there was nothing fixed but will probably be around for a future update. at least they are generally accumulated.

Interesting to note that Office 2010 doesn’t seem to have as many. [Office 2010 is in extended support and as such rarely gets any non-security updates.]

Another Microsoft update with an issue

In February of this year, Microsoft delivered KB2956128. KB2956128 is an update for Outlook 2010 to fix problems introduced in earlier fixes. This one in particular was meant to repair issues with public folder searching, configuration management, RTF file compatibility, memory leaks in Windows Explorer, proxy connection failures, and clipped dialog boxes for some languages.

Recently someone has identified a new problem that KB2956128 has introduced. When installed, users can’t change between mail profiles and sometimes profiles will disappear.

Office 2010 Service Pack 2 released

Microsoft has released service pack 2 for all Office 2010 related applications such as Office [of course], SharePoint Server, Visio, Project, etc.

You can find the complete list at KB2687521.

If you are installing Office 2010 on Windows XP, see KB925336 – otherwise your installation may fail.

As well, KB2687455 will give additional links.

Unconfirmed, but according to what I was told, installing service pack 1 is not a prerequisite to install service pack 2 [i.e. you can install service pack 2 after installing the release [RTM] installation.

[Interesting as they originally pegged a late summer release.]

[Update 2013/07/26:] Make sure Internet Explorer, any Office application, and SkyDrive are closed before the installation. Otherwise a reboot will be required at the end of the installation.

Office 2010 service pack 2 expected by the summer

Unlike its Windows cousin [Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2], there will be a service pack 2 for Office 2010 – including the server editions.

Service pack 2 will be released at the end of the summer. Some IT professionals will rejoice at the news that service pack 1 will not be a prerequite for the installations. So you can install the Office 2010 release and then service pack 2.

Aside from security and non-security updates released since the release of service pack 1, service pack 2 will provide improved compatibility with Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Office 2013. More details on the specific fixes included will be released at the time of final release this summer.

Note: This is according to early information that has beewn released and is subject to change.