Patch Management

Windows 7 users report issues installing Microsoft update

March 12, 2015

Users are reporting that a Microsoft Windows update fails to properly install, and instead forces them to continually reboot, to no avail, for implementation.

Windows 7 users reported the issue to security journalist Brian Krebs, who published an article Thursday on the problematic update, KB3033929.

According to a Microsoft security advisory, issued on Patch Tuesday, the update is meant for supported editions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to “add support for SHA-2 signing and verification functionality,” since the use of SHA-1 for signing purposes is discouraged and no longer a best practice, the tech giant said.

It's worth noting that KB3033929 is a reissued update for a buggy patch, 2949927, pulled last October by Microsoft.

Krebs advised users to temporarily avoid installing KB3033929, in case it is removed, re-issued, or instructions are provided via tech help forums.

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