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Friday, October 13, 2006

Update causes OLMAPI32.dll error

There’s a great internal security force in Redmond dedicated to turning out patches quickly after new vulnerabilities are reported in Windows or Office applications. The Microsoft Security Response Center does its best to make the world a safer place.

Unfortunately, anytime new software is released to such a huge world wide audience there’s a good chance some errors will be found that didn’t show up in testing.  Steve Bass reports Tuesday’s update has caused some folks beta testing Office 2007 to lose their Outlook access.

If you’ve been testing Office 2007 and haven’t installed this weeks update, don’t. If you have check out the posts at Microsoft TechNet.

An post yesterday from fbfNlaf says…  

“I have encountered the same error, I get the little popup window with the OLMAPI32.DLL error and neither version of Outlook will work.  This is the second time that the Microsoft updates have shut down Microsoft Products for me.  Last time, I re installed the Office 2007 Beta and it resumed full functionallity, this time the critical updates killed Outlook in 2003 and 2007.  I have reinstalled both and neither works”

It might be time for me to design some “AutoUpdates are Evil” T-Shirts from BillP Studios.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I didn't wait long enough but luckily I don't have Office 2007. Count me in for a shirt. Grin

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took your advice when you
urged people to wait to download
new updates a while ago. I do not
use any beta applications but again
you did warn us to wait and see what happens for a few days till
the updates are in use to see if problems occur.
I beleive that you would
tell us if an update should be installed right away.
As stated even Microsoft
in a hurry can not forsee if every
thing is covered to push out an update to protect our systems.


11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we were not using a beta version, we actually paid for office 2007. And it automatically downloaded the upgrade or patch or whatever other problem Microsoft decided to create to fix a previous problem it created - and guess what - OLMAPI32.dll screwed it all up. Why did they decide to release 2007 - it is slow, a kludge, has the most idiotically designed dropdowns that contain no logical reason for putting tasks into them - another case of great on paper but it sucks in reality.

10:14 AM  

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