Microsoft Update does it again

@Asylum (47341)
Manchester, England
October 28, 2017 11:28am CST
Earlier today I ran Windows Update and installed the update provided. Everything seemed fine until I opened Microsoft Outlook. Every attempted action resulted in a small dialogue box displaying “The operation failed”. A quick search online showed that the latest update had disabled Microsoft Outlook for many users. Annoyingly I could not find the .pst file, which I suspected may have wrong permissions, so that option was aborted. The only way to correct the issue was to repair the installation from the original Microsoft Office CD, which worked okay and now my emails are functioning again. I do like Windows 10, but cannot believe how many problems Windows Update has presented me with recently.
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@Corbin5 (82146)
• United States
28 Oct
Glad the original Microsoft Office CD work out for you. Windows Update has caused a few problems that I have had to remedy too. Well, I have our adult son remedy them when he stops by for a visit.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
Windows 10 has been a good operating system, but the updates can be a nightmare.
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@JustBhem (22737)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Oct
I am experiencing the same issue, they always have updates. I am with Windows 10.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
There are a few sites offering advice on this issue, but none that seem practical. I would advise that you do as I did, insert the installation disk and run a repair.
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@JustBhem (22737)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Oct
@Asylum Yes, I did that already. I still have the original disk.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
@JustBhem It is the easiest approach.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
28 Oct
Oh dear good luck with that my friend. I no longer have update issues as I only have a small chromebook with no windows to worry about.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
I have only ever used Windows or Linux.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
28 Oct
@Asylum Hope you doing okay
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
@TiarasOceanView Yes I am thank you.
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@Susan2015 (18758)
• United States
28 Oct
Some of my windows updates seem to take forever.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
It depends on the type of update. Some include major packages to update several systems.
@pgntwo (21769)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
28 Oct
Microsoft updates - the bane of any self-respecting computing enthusiast's life.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
They certainly are recently. The updates to earlier versions were never as disruptive.
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@pgntwo (21769)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
28 Oct
@Asylum And ignore them only at your peril...
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
@pgntwo Updates cannot be ignored with Windows 10, there are installed by default.
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@rebelann (32530)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Oct
I never got the hang of Outlook so I have gmail, yahoo and AOL instead. I am curious though, what is the attraction of Outlook?
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
I find Outlook to be a very versatile program.
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@rebelann (32530)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Oct
So it's not just an email server @Asylum ?
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
@rebelann No, it is a complete organiser.
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@jaboUK (50778)
• United Kingdom
28 Oct
At least you are computer savvy. If something like that happens to me I have to call my computer geek friend.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
Since posting this discussion I have discovered that my headphone output had also been affected. I should have expected this because it happened after the previous update as well. The headphones are now operating normally again. However, I can appreciate how much of a problem these small things must be for someone unaccustomed to dealing with such issues.
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@jaboUK (50778)
• United Kingdom
28 Oct
@Asylum You've got that right - I'm better than I used to be, but still a technophobe.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
@jaboUK I would absolutely hate having to rely on someone else to sort out hardware or software issues. This would involve both delays and serious expense.
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@garymarsh6 (12182)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
It is a pain when they knock out functionality and cause many headaches! GRRR
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
15 Dec
On such occasions I always consider the effect that such issues can have on many users. In my case I am capable of rectifying such issues, this reducing them to an annoying inconvenience. For many people such issues could be drastic problems.
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@garymarsh6 (12182)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
@Asylum Absolutely,. It always knocks out my sound card and I have to reconfigure it every blooming time! It was a big download this recently!
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
15 Dec
@garymarsh6 Imagine what a problem it would be to someone who had no idea what to do.
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
I still use 7, hoping that bugs go away before I switch.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov
Windows 7 was an excellent operating system, but it is very outdated now.
• China
2 Nov
You know a thing or two about computer and set it to rights soon.Mine is Windows 10 too.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
2 Nov
Many computer problems are relatively easy to correct.
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@LoriAMoore (10170)
• United States
30 Oct
Those updates really screw things up sometimes.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
30 Oct
They do more so since Windows 10 was released.
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
28 Oct
I mostly use Ubuntu seems to work pretty darn good.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
I have used Ubuntu and agree with you.
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@LeaPea2417 (15448)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 Oct
Maybe I should never get Windows 10 the next time I have to buy a laptop. I use a Windows 8.1 that has been very good for the past couple of years I have been using it.
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@Asylum (47341)
• Manchester, England
28 Oct
I used Windows 8 for a while, but upgraded as soon as Windows 10 was released.
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