Hi Folks -
I wanted to get back to you with more information and guidance around the Windows Desktop Search (WDS) issue and the results of our investigation today.
As you know, Windows Desktop Search was published last February 07, as an optional update that was only applicable to systems which had WDS previously installed. Then on Tuesday of this week we revised that update package to be applicable (but still optional) to Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1+ systems which did not have WDS installed. Unfortunately, in revising this update, the decision to re-use the same update package had unintended consequences to our WSUS customers. Namely many of you who had approved the initial update package for a limited number of machines, had Tuesdays' WDS revision 105 automatically install on all clients because of the expanded applicability scope and because by default, WSUS is set to automatically approve update revisions. We sincerely regret the inconvenience this has caused and extend a sincere apology to all impacted customers.
For those of you who want to uninstall the WDS update revision released Tuesday of this week, this can be done via
1. Add/remove programs
2. Invoking spunisnts: %windir%\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /q /promptrestart
3. Using System Restore on Windows XP (not available on Windows Server 2003). This option will leave some software on the machine, but the invocation effectively removes WDS 3.01. This should only be used for conditions where the /noback switch was used.
I want you to know we are working now to correct the issue and have temporarily suspended the distribution of the Windows Desktop Search through WSUS. The current package will remain available through the Microsoft Download Center. We will make a new package available for WSUS in the near future, but not as an update revision, so that you can rely on predictable update behavior with auto-approval settings. We are also working on improving our internal publishing processes to ensure this does not happen again in the future.
Again, our sincere apologies for this publishing process error.
Program Manager, WSUS
Where is the WSUS removal tool? We can't even uninstall this mess ?!?!
I HAD DE ACTIVATED AUTOUPDATES DUE TO A DEFENDER UPDATE WHICH REMOVED MY SECURITY SUITE OPERATING ICON, AN HAD TO SEARCH THROUGH THE COMPUTER UNTIL I FOUND THE PROGRAMME, WHICH HAD ITS LOCATION HIDDEN DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT WAS A SECURITY PROGRAMME, CREATE ANOTHER SHORT CUT, AND FINALLY GET IT TO THE SYSTEM TRAY, AND ALSO MAKE IT A START UP ITEM.
SO I DO NOT KNOW HOW THIS SEARCH DESKTOP ITEM GOT INTO MY COMPUTER, UNLESS AS SOMEONE SAID, IT WAS FORCED THROUGH BY MICROSOFT , WHICH HAS A TRUSTED STATUS.
So Bob, What's the deal when are you going to fix this monumental cockup properly? We have been left waiting far too long already.
Maybe you didn't get it, but we need a REMOVAL TOOL ASAP !
Why you don't put a new security update named "Windows Desktop Search Uninstaller" set to "off" that we could turn on to UNINSTALL this intrusive software ?
Thanks for your concern!
I agree with Dave Star - a removal agent is needed as I am seeing PC's reduced to a standstill by this.
Gotta add my voice to the mix... Please WSUS team: either change this so that we can "Approve for removal" or release a removal tool ASAP!
I got a blame for my I&T admin for this...
Thank you very much WSUS team for your incompetence.
I have simply too many computers to think about going on manually desinstalling WDS.
I have told to my I&T admin that a removal tool will be released shortly.. and what the hell are you waiting for ?!
And people still continue to beg for a "removal tool" instead of being creative and fixing it on their own.
There's a powershell script there. Change the LDAP string to suit your environment and try that. You'll need PowerShell.
"And people still continue to beg for a "removal tool" instead of being creative and fixing it on their own."
Because it's not professional to do it this way, this is just a workaround. Your pcs have to be turned on (or you have to put this code in a startup script) if you're not using AD.
How do I remove this desktop tool? From servers and desktops.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 8:56 AM by Andre # re: WDS update revision follow - up Tuesday, October 30