Undocumented patch KB 4033637 pushed onto Windows 10 1607 machines

Continuing another banner month of screwed-up patches, many people running Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, report that an undocumented patch “Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4033637)” just rolled out the Automatic Update chute.

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Although KB 4033637 has a long history — try googling it — there doesn’t appear to be any official documentation. Blogger Günter Born traces its history to this entry from larryCG on the Microsoft Answers forum, dated July 24:

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Undocumented patch KB 4033637 pushed onto Win10 1607 machines

Continuing another banner month of screwed-up patches, many people running Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, report that an undocumented patch “Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4033637)” just rolled out the Automatic Update chute.

kb 4033637Woody Leonhard/IDG

Although KB 4033637 has a long history — try googling it — there doesn’t appear to be any official documentation. Blogger Günter Born traces its history to this entry from larryCG on the Microsoft Answers forum, dated July 24:

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Microsoft yanks buggy patch of a buggy patch, KB 4039884

There’s no official confirmation, and no explanation of course, but overnight Microsoft pulled a patch that was supposed to fix the main problems in this month’s Windows 7 security updates. I talked about the repair hotfix yesterday in “Microsoft repairs buggy Win7 security patch with buggy hotfix KB 4039884.” Today, the repair hotfix isn’t available any more.

All we know for sure is that, sometime last night, the Microsoft Update Catalog entry for KB 4039884 disappeared. As of early Tuesday morning, Eastern time, the KB article is still available, and it hasn’t been modified — it still points to the Update Catalog.

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