Microsoft has admitted it is investigating reports that a recent Windows Vista security update causes havoc with some USB devices, but the software giant is yet to provide a fix for the ****-up.
The Windows Defender update was released last week, but some unfortunate Vista customers have claimed that their USB mice and keyboards among other devices refuse to work after the update is installed on their computers.
One reader told The Register
that he gave up after several frustrating attempts to remove the erroneous update.
Microsoft had released the update to plug a security hole in its spyware blocker Windows Defender. The company said in a statement today:
“We are aware of concerns that a recent Microsoft update may be causing problems with USB devices. We are investigating the matter, and at this time, do not have any information to share.”
Yesterday, meanwhile, Microsoft finally pumped out Vista service pack one (SP1) in the remaining 31 languages available as a manual
download via its Windows Update site.
However, the automatic version of the download remains missing in action. Redmond had chalked mid-April as the date when SP1 would start downloading onto computers across the world.
Now Microsoft has been forced to admit that it has once again missed a crucial service pack deadline.
The true trouble fun will start when computers begin receiving the automatic SP1 update, so why is Microsoft delaying getting the party started?
A spokesman at the firm told El Reg
: “Microsoft wants to ensure customers have the best possible experience with Windows Vista, including installing SP1; this has always been the priority. Until SP1 is automatically distributed via Windows Update, consumers are able to download SP1 manually using Windows Update.”
Elsewhere in Microsoft land, rumours are wildly scurrying through the interweb suggesting that Windows XP SP3 could throw its anchor overboard with a release to manufacturers on 21 April followed by a general release a week later.
That's news that is likely to satisfy plenty of people who have decided to swerve Microsoft's unloved Vista in favour of soldiering on with XP until the arrival of Windows 7; the momentous occasion which some, including BillyG himself, hint could come as early as the second half of next year.
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