Every month for many years, we’ve released a number of updates focused on the continuous improvement of customers’ experiences with our technology. Historically, these updates happened at different times during the month, with the security-specific ones occurring on the second Tuesday of each month. Recently, to further streamline, we decided to include more of our non-security updates together with our security updates and begin the global release to customers on the second Tuesday of each month.

This month we had our first roll out with additional non-security updates. A small number of customers experienced problems with a few of the updates. As soon as we became aware of some problems, we began a review and then immediately pulled the problematic updates, making these unavailable to download. We then began working on a plan to rerelease the affected updates.

Today, we rereleased Security Bulletin MS14-045 to address kernel-mode driver issues, which you can learn more about through a review of the information contained here.

We encourage customers to install the security update as soon as possible. Customers with automatic updates enabled do not need to take any action. If you don’t have Windows Update enabled, we encourage you to do so now. If you’re not sure whether you’ve enabled Windows Update, you can check here. For organizations, your IT Group, the team or person administering the network, would be the best place to check.

Tracey Pretorius, Director
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing

UPDATE September 2, 2014: Today, we rereleased the August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Customers with Windows Updates enabled, and who have selected to receive optional updates automatically, do not need to take any action. Customers who have not selected to receive optional updates automatically, will need to go to Windows Update to install it.

For more information on this release, please visit the Windows blog.