Time to install the August Windows patches — but watch out for the bugs

Time to install the August Windows patches — but watch out for the bugs

August brought loads of drama to the Windows and Office patching scene. Microsoft’s first round of patches killed Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications and VBScript in certain situations — on all versions of Windows. Fixes for the bugs dribbled out three, four, six and 17 days after the original infection. 

Those Microsoft-introduced bugs were all the more daunting because the August patches are the ones intended to protect us from DejaBlue — the recently announced “wormable” malware infection vector that (thankfully!) has yet to be exploited. The mainstream press picked up the Chicken Little cry to install August patches right away. Then the buggy offal hit the impeller, and the press fell silent.

Funny how that works.

At any rate, if you’ve been following along here, you’re ready to get the August patches installed. Here’s how to do it.

A special note about Win10 version 1903 and SearchUI.exe

Those of you running Win10 version 1903 have reason to be … perturbed. 

Microsoft put the “optional, non-security” second August cumulative update through its Insider beta-testing process for an extra couple of weeks. All of the other versions of Windows had their VB/VBA/VBScript bugs fixed on Aug. 16, 17 and 19. The fix for 1903 sat in the Windows Insider Release Preview ring — supposedly getting a thorough shine — until Aug. 30.

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