Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday Update Causes Infinite Reboot Loop on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Patch Tuesday

As discussed earlier in the blog, all Microsoft Windows Versions were found to be vulnerable to FREAK encryption bug and later on this issue was resolved when Microsoft released patches on Patch Tuesday to fix the FREAK vulnerability.

As of now, another issue has risen as a number of Windows users have reported a serious flaw with the KB3033929 March Patch Tuesday update, which happens to be one of 14 security updates released for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to improve support for SHA-2 code applicable for the above mentioned operating systems.

This is what one of the affected users had to say on Microsoft’s support forums:

“I’m having problems with the KB3033929 update from the latest run of Tuesday patches. After installation the PC reboots, but during the boot up configuration of the patch it fails and Windows starts reverting the configuration and reboots. And then it starts all over again a couple of times until it eventually boot into Windows.”

By chance, if your computer is also facing the same problem, the temporary solution to it is to hide the update completely till Microsoft discloses a permanent fix for it.

At present, Microsoft is still remaining to address this issue but meanwhile as per the suggestion of one of the users the GRUB boot loader was getting in the way of the installation, and by temporarily setting Windows as the default boot loader in the BIOS seems to resolve the flaw.

Anyway, the users who still want an alternative temporary solution to this flaw can hide the update by implementing the following steps. They need to go over to Control Panel, click on Windows Updates, look for KB3033929, right-click it and hit the “Hide this update” option.

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