Microsoft moves to monthly patch releases.

Microsoft has announced that they’re now going to release patches for their Windows OS on a monthly basis as opposed to releasing them as soon as they are developed as they had previously. This is mainly to address complaints from businesses over the near-constant rate of releases for patches. The first of these monthly releases happened yesterday and the Windows XP version consisted of five or so patches addressing buffer overflow problems. I let XP download and install the patches on its own and then sat down to play a little Dungeon Siege.

Imagine my surprise when DS locked up as soon as I launched it before it even got around to displaying the Microsoft animation. I killed the process and tried again. Another lockup. I killed the process, rebooted and tried again. Another lockup. WTF? So I re-installed Dark Age of Camelot cause I’d been talking with friends who still play it and figured I’d give it another go-round. Launched the game and it patched itself and allowed me to reopen my old account on the game and when I told it which server I wanted to play on it proceeded to lockup while launching the game client.

Apparently these security patches are so secure that they prevent the running of a couple of my games. So I did a system restore to the day before and afterward both DS and DAoC ran just fine. So I guess I won’t be applying the latest round of critical patches until someone figures out why this is happening and comes up with a fix for Microsoft’s fix. What fun.

Hopefully this will be just one more reason for game makers to start writing for Linux soon so I can dump this crappy OS and use something worthwhile for a change.

Followup: Looks like Microsoft has gotten enough grief over security issues lately to push up the release date of Service Pack 2 for XP to this December.

3 thoughts on “Microsoft moves to monthly patch releases.

  1. I have been getting loads of e-mails apparently from the Microsoft corporation purporting to be “Critical upodate patches”, but that contain infected files.  I e-mailed Microsoft about them and was told not to open them and that they did not come form Microsoft. Beware the critical update patch virus!

  2. Indeed as the Critical Update patches never come via email. Always be suspicious of any email that claims to be patching your system, Microsoft or otherwise.

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