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Businesses threatened by Windows 8.1 update bug

Oops: Microsoft was forced to halt the rollout of the Windows 8.1 Update to some business users after it discovered that the new version of the OS stopped stop scanning against Windows Server Update Service.

Redmond intends to issue an update "as soon as possible," it said in a post on the WSUS Product Team Blog.

"You may still obtain the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) from the Windows Update Catalog or MSDN," Microsoft said. "However, we recommend that you suspend deployment of this update in your organization until we release the update that resolves this issue."

The problem only affects those with specific configurations.

Client PC has installed Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 attempts to scan against WSUS 3.2 running on any affected platform: Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1HTTPS and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) are enabled on the WSUS serverTLS 1.2 is not enabled on the server

For now, Microsoft has a workaround on the WSUS blog.

The glitch does not affect the average consumer upgrading to Windows 8.1 Update. To see if you should make the change, check out 8 things everyone should know about the Windows 8.1 Update.

The new operating system debuted just as Microsoft shut the doors on support for its aging Windows XP OS, even though it's still the second most popular OS in the world with 27.69 per cent of the market.