Microsoft has decided to pull all the non-security Office 2010 updates that it shipped earlier this month after users reported an issue breaking down Microsoft Excel.
Specifically, the January 2019 rollout included four updates for Office 2010, two updates for Office 2013, and eight others for Office 2016.
Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627)
Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217)
Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225)
Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616)
After installing the patches, users discovered that Microsoft Excel was no longer able to launch, and uninstalling them resolved the issue.
Microsoft acknowledged the bug on January 5, only three days after originally beginning the non-security update rollout, so the company updated the official KB page with information on how to remove the said patches in order to restore the full Excel functionality.
“After you install this update, you may experience difficulties in Microsoft Excel or other applications. To resolve this, uninstall the update by following the instructions in the ‘More information’ section,” Microsoft explains, pointing users to a step-by-step tutorial on how to remove the updates from each supported version of Windows, including Windows 10.
Microsoft also reveals that “this update is no longer available,” so devices that haven’t already installed them would no longer get the patches from Windows Update.
Botched updates aren’t something entirely new for Microsoft, and they are, in fact, one of the main concerns every month when the company begins its Patch Tuesday cycle.
The January 2019 Patch Tuesday rollout is scheduled to begin today, and as it happens every month, cumulative updates for Windows 10 and monthly rollups for Windows 7 and 8.1 would also be published. However, it’s worth noting that this particular release is specifically focused on resolving security issues, though non-security improvements would also be included.
As far as Office users are concerned, today’s rollout will bring patches for the productivity suite as well, with the full changelog to be published when the release begins.