PATCH Alert: Recent Microsoft Patch could mean trouble for Windows 7


This month’s Patch Tuesday rollout is slowly proving to be quite a fiasco, as more reports seem to be pointing to issues with the updates Microsoft published for Windows devices.

Microsoft's most recent patch, Patch KB4088875, has the potential to cause problems with network connection. 

 In worst case scenarios, it deletes the network adapter and requires you to reinstall those drivers.

So far we have only found it to be an issue with KB4088875 and with Windows 7 or Server 2008. At this point we have set the automatic patch to IGNORE on our Automate (LT) patching. If the patch as already been installed, it is recommended to not remove the patch unless major issues arise.


More about the risks of this patch

There are reports that installing KB4088875,and the security-only update KB4088878 remove or break down virtual Network Interface Cards (NICs), and in some cases, they delete the static IP address configuration. The update also creates a ghost NIC on some systems, according to this reddit discussion.

KB4088875 is available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, and the issues mentioned above are said to be experienced on both OS versions.


Bottom Line

Patches need to be installed regularly - they are just a normal part of maintaining the health of your technology. And with patches sometimes comes technological glitches that could not be prevented. So the key is to get your network back up and running as quickly as possible, without costing you an arm and a leg. Our managed services plan includes emergency fixes similar to this one, and at no additional fee, which is one of the many benefits of using a managed services provider. 


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