Microsoft provides workaround for IE 6-Patch standoff

Microsoft provides workaround for IE 6-Patch standoff

Summary: Microsoft has provided a workaround for those who saw their IE 6 on XP nuked by the software giant's latest batch of patches.This issue emerged last week almost immediately after the patches landed.


Microsoft has provided a workaround for those who saw their IE 6 on XP nuked by the software giant's latest batch of patches.

This issue emerged last week almost immediately after the patches landed. The problem: Microsoft's patches nuked IE (I suppose that's one way to boost security).

Microsoft has acknowledged the issue noting in a help document that:

On a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 crashes when you try to a visit a Web site. This problem occurs after you install security update 942615. This security update is announced in security bulletin MS07-069.

Update: Microsoft's Security Response Center says in a blog post that these problems aren't widespread. The post patch install issues affect custom installations primarily.

We have been working with a small number of customers that reported issues related to the installation of MS07-069. Specifically, on a Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, Internet Explorer 6 may stop responding when you try to a visit a web site.

In a nutshell, "this isn’t a widespread issue."

But for those of you seeing problems, Microsoft has served up a workaround (see IE blog). Here it is:

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

To work around this problem, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK. 2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\ 3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key. 4. Type FEATURE_PROTECT_DECOMPRESSION_FILTER_FROM_ABORT_KB942367 and then press ENTER. 5. Right-click FEATURE_PROTECT_DECOMPRESSION_FILTER_FROM_ABORT_KB942367 point to New, and then click DWORD Value. 6. Type an asterisk (*), and then press ENTER.

Note The asterisk (*) represents any process name that uses the Urlmon.dll file. If you want to make this change for an individual application that uses the Urlmon.dll file, use the name of that application instead of the asterisk. For example, use Appname.exe. 7. Right-click the asterisk, and then click Modify. 8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK. 9. Exit Registry Editor.

Now for the average ZDNet reader, this workaround is probably a walk in the park. The average bear would probably switch browsers. Why bother?

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  • Switch Browsers, or Switch to Linux?

    >Average bear would probably switch browsers

    Agreed, but this shouldn't be the first indication that MS
    products aren't designed with you in mind -- they're designed
    to lock you into more MS products.

    Get away from all of it; get into desktop Linux. It really is
    amazing. Corporations need to step up shortly and look into
    alternatives, or they'll be stuck with another round of MS
    junkware, starting soon with forced purchases of Vista once XP
    is no longer sold.
    • I think you are forgetting a little thing

      called applications. Unless Wine is much better than I think. Would it run my 3d apps; would it be transparent to the full capabilities of the Adobe suites, etc.?
      Narr vi
    • Its always a Linux answer

      How many times has a Linux app been mdified or "improved" due to its open source nature?
      Sorry, but until Linix is a foolproof, one step install and totally compatible OS for the average end user, don't use it as an excuse/answer for every MS fault or defect.
    • .....or Switch to Linux

      Here we go again - Linux, the boon to Microsoft Haters! Everytime something goes wrong blame Microsoft and run out the Linux Flag.

      What these Linux lovers are not saying is that Linux, what ever flavour and because of its continual changing, is in perpetual beta version and whilst it remains open source that situation will never change.

      And whilst many people, including myself, have often complained about the inbuilt bloatware in windows, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that many distros of linux are suffering from the same disease. Why else would these linux distros be a whopping 4.0+gb in size? (ubuntu 7.10 - 4.23gb; mandriva 2008.1 - 4.25gb etc etc)

      Besides, who in their right mind would till be using IE6?

      btw I use IE7 and Firefox.
  • IE 7?

    If it doesn't affect IE 7, then use that or just switch over to Opera 9, which is also a very good browser.
    • IE 7 not wanted!

      Problem is IE 7 has the nasty problem of completly expanding your favorites when you go to add a new entry. It's a big mess.

      I use slimbrowser on top of IE6 and am very happy with it. Much better than IE 7 in functionality. Downside it does depend on ie 6 to work properly.
  • yet another reason to use IE7

    yet another reason to use IE7.
    IE6 is obsolete.
    • IE 7 under XP - no way!

      Try to arange all your toolbars just the way you like it with IE 7 under XP. It doesn't work correctly. It is a total mess.
      However under Vista, everything works just fine.

      The layout of IE 7 really is lousy - in my opinion.

    IE 6 imploded on me after downloading on patch Tuesday. When I contacted MS via India they informed me that I purchased my computer from Dell from Hell and only they could help me. Called Dell from Hell via Pakistan and they shifted the blame back to Micro S$$T. So.............. I did a restore and after patches re-downloaded, I did a custom install and deleted ALL but the malicious tool update. At that time I did not know which patch was errant and didn't want to spend forever culling out the problem. Guess I will re-download, do a custom an install all but the bad boy. Really I have to tell you, I am so fed up with MS AND DELL. It's time for a total Change!!!!
  • ANOTHER stupid manual registry edit

    It's about time that this rubbish requiring a user to modify the registry was stopped. Its dangerous & there is no guarantee that only "technically able" users will be affected by a problem.

    There needs to be a simple program produced for each problem to do the job safely without user intervention - just run the program to modify the registry. Surely an automated system to produce such a program can be easily made & it can do preliminary checks for the necessary registry keys & refuse to run if they aren't there.

    Come on Microsoft - you are supposed to be working for good User Interfaces yet you keep requiring this sort of rubbish.
    • Manual Registry Modifications?

      I really don't understand....Microsoft can automatically download and install all kinds of patches to IE and other products...and does so at will. Why can't they also automatically handle fixes, when their "fix" breaks the functionality of their products?

      It really doesn't make sense to break the product automatically and then expect individuals of various levels of technical expertise to risk damaging the OS and losing all their hard work by going manually into the Registry - a process that clearly is discouraged in every discussion of the registry I've ever seen.

      It's really easy to understand Break a software automatically > fix the mess you make automatically.
    • manual registry edit answer

      The answer exists - it's called a .reg file! I don't know why MS doesn't provide them instead of the instructions.
  • Not IE but still Windows

    Looking at this thread using K-Meleon browser. Haven't used IE in four years. I guess it is still loaded on machine. I don't know and don't care. K-Meleon is much faster and very safe.
  • RE: Microsoft provides workaround for IE 6-Patch standoff

    I just re-read Micro Softs excuse for the IE6 patch crash. And frankly, they had better conjure up a different lie, because I didn't do a custom download. It was an auto download from them to me and installed automatically. So much for "Trusted Site". When are those people going to get thier heads out of thier a$$'s and do whats right for once. I refuse to take the liability by modifying my registry! The only consolation is 'what goes around, comes around'
  • Typical MS Patch garbage.

    You would think that a multi-billion dollar company can QA it's patches before they are released. They should pull the Patch off the systems involved and re-work it (i.e. QA) before releasing it again.
  • patch problems

    I don't know about that "not widespread" as it happened to me just in that situation. I had to finally go roll back my computer to a previous day. All that went by the wayside when I signed off the computer that night and it went and re-installed all nine patches. Much to my surprise, the next day the problem didn't re-surface so maybe they fixed it all on the same day.
  • That update got my IE6 but IE7 did the same thing...

    I applied the reg. patch, hope it works. With mine, IE6 would intermittedly pop-up the error message when trying to go a different site. If I remember correctly it was when clicking on a link in an open window. Then, a pop-up saying there was a problem and ALL open IE6 windows would close when you click "ok" which means you've lost the places you were still reading on the other open IE6 windows.

    However, the reason I'm still using IE6 is that IE7 did the same exact thing when I instaled it (tried twice) so I had to keep going back to IE6. IE7 does work on my dual boot to Vista though with no problem.

    Does anyone know how to solve that same problem with IE7?
  • RE: Microsoft provides workaround for IE 6-Patch standoff

    I am a computer tech and every computer I've touched this week has had this issue. So...I don't buy that this is not widespread!
  • KB946627 Released Late Today Addresses Issue

    In addition to their recent "workaround" KB946627 was Released Late Today to further Address/correct the IE6 Issue. Production releases still appear to be their BETA...
  • IE 6-Patch

    I ran into this problem with patch 942615. I backed out that patch and all is well again. In the future I will wait longer to install MS patches. When will Microsoft realize that a computer is tool to make your job easier, not more complicated.