Microsoft pulls Windows 10 KB4524244, confirms critical issues

Windows Updates

Microsoft is halting Windows 10 KB4524244 distribution after

users reported critical issues including system failures.
Windows 10 KB4524244 was shipped to some PCs during the
company’s Patch Tuesday rollout on February 11 and numerous
users across the web reported that the security patch causes
multiple issues.

KB4524244 is a security update for all editions of Windows 10
v1909, 1903, 1809 and even v1607. Microsoft released the update
to address a security vulnerability in boot managers
implemented by the PC manufacturers, but the patch is having
problems with HP and Apple’s implementation.

The patch, which includes unknown security improvements for
third-party boot managers, reportedly causes boot failures on
HP and Apple computers.

On HP PCs, the issue could be associated with ‘Sure Start
Secure Boot Key Protection’, which provides secondary defences
that are stronger than the standard (UEFI) BIOS restrictions.

According to user reports on Microsoft’s support forums, the
update causes boot failures, installation issues, and other
problems.

“I’m having exact same issue with 24 HP EliteDesk 705 G4 DM
mini PCs running Windows 10 v1909 aka 10.0.18363.657. Other
pending updates install, machines reboots and then this
KB4524244 appears and the PCs appears to be halted by HP Sure
Start. After a hard reset HP Sure Start reports that it
detected unauthorized change to the secure boot keys, then
Windows loads, undo changes and restarts again. This is
obviously annoying and so HP needs to advise Microsoft that
this is indeed happening and figure out what to do about it.
Meanwhile, I will need to block KB4524244 from systems,” one
frustrated Windows 10 user wrote.

What’s more concerning and alarming is the fact that Microsoft
didn’t check with its partners before shipping the update to
several users.

It’s also worth noting that the patch may cause issues when
resetting the device with Windows 10’s built-in “Reset this PC”
feature.

Amid reports of users facing a number of issues, Microsoft says
they are slamming the brakes on Windows 10’s latest security
update rollout. However, the halted rollout is no consolation
to users affected by the major mess and you should uninstall
the update to avoid any problems.

How to uninstall KB4524244

  1. Click on the Start button and type ‘Windows Update’.
  2. Select Windows Update settings page option or go to
    Settings app > Update & Security and click on Windows Update
    option.
  3. On the Windows Update page, click ‘View update history and
    select ‘Uninstall Updates’
  4. Find and select KB4524244 in Control Panel.
  5. Click on ‘Uninstall’ button.
  6. Restart your device when prompted.

This should resolve all the issues you’re experiencing after
installing Windows 10’s unwanted security update.

In related news,
Windows 10 KB4532693 is reportedly deleting user data and
Microsoft has yet to acknowledge another mess.

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