Microsoft update today: what fun!

04 Apr

tuesday_thumb3.jpgAny other XP users have this experience today?

STEP 1: Alert notice — updates available.
STEP 2: Go to Windows Update and eventually (you know what I mean!) discover just one little security update.
STEP 3: Download and instal update.
STEP 4: Restart computer.
STEP 5: Receive message: Rthdcpl.exe – Illegal System DLL Relocation
The system DLL user32.dll was relocated in memory. The application will not run properly. The relocation occurred because the DLL C:WindowsSystem32Hhctrl.ocx occupied an address range reserved for Windows system DLLs. The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.
STEP 6: Go to System Restore and go back to anytime before today.
STEP 7: Success! Message gone.
STEP 8: Check email and read from ZDNet/CNet: People getting Illegal System DLL Relocation after update .
STEP 9: Having read that, go to Microsoft Support as advised in Step 8 and read The Realtek HD Audio Control Panel may not start, and you receive an error message when you start the computer: “Illegal System DLL Relocation”.
STEP 10: Attempt to download appropriate patch.
STEP 11: Try again when validation of my XP package fails.
STEP 12: Success with second go of Step 11.
STEP 13: Download patch to fix the bad security patch.
STEP 14: Restart computer.
STEP 15: Sent back to Windows Update.
STEP 16: Eventually told by WU that the one little security update has already been downloaded but (thanks to System Restore doing its job at Step 6) is not installed.
STEP 17: Having installed the patch-repairing-patch, I figure it ought to be OK to instal the original security patch now…
STEP 18: Do so.
STEP 19: Restart computer.
STEP 20: All apparently sweet at last.
STEP 21: Write this entry.

Time taken: around 60 minutes. That’s OK. Nothing better to do.

As the Houston Chronicle Techblog (from whom I borrowed the picture) notes:

Patch Tuesday’s coming a little early this month. reported that Microsoft said Sunday it will move quickly to release a fix for the animated cursor flaw that was discovered just last week in December. Look for it to come down the tubes on Tuesday.

Microsoft normally releases fixes for its products on the second Tuesday of each month, which has come to be known as “Patch Tuesday.”

Or Wednesday here in Australia. Yeah, I thought it was early…

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15 responses to “Microsoft update today: what fun!

  1. khovanskiiªn

    April 4, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Fantastic! i got the same error message after loading Windows… didnt want to do any system restores, so i started googling, :S now i wonder if i have to do the same that you guys… exactly what is the best+fastest way to fix this problem? i mean, 60 mins is just too much!

    — khovanskiiªn

  2. beau

    April 4, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Any clue where a fella might get the patch without doing the stupid “validation”? I’m running an off-the-shelf HP box w/ Media Center purchased last year at Costco, but like hell am I giving in to the “Genuine Advantage” bs. In fact, this puts me one step closer to Ubuntu as my main box. Sheesh.

  3. Hakara

    April 5, 2007 at 5:22 am

    I found the same error…applied the patch…my outlook now opens then closes immediately…anyone else have this problem?

  4. ninglun

    April 5, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Thanks everyone. Glad what I wrote was useful for you. Hakara: no, my Outlook works fine and did right through the whole episode. Edwood: embarassing isn’t it? Case of the brain being faster than the fingers, I guess.

  5. Alex

    April 5, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the patch, yesterday you had the first link up that led to the patch (didn’t have time to thank you then). Now MS has the top hit on google for this.

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