Microsoft reissues botched Windows Live Mail 2012 patch KB 3093594

If you installed the original version of KB 3093594 and Windows Live Mail 2012 is crashing, get this new one quickly

Microsoft reissues botched Windows Live Mail 2012 patch KB 3093594
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You may recall KB 3093594, the bad Windows Live Mail 2012 patch I wrote about earlier this week. The patch arrived as a link from an email message that looked a lot like a malware come-on, and it only applied to Windows 7 and 8.1 users who run Windows Live Mail 2012 with @outlook, @hotmail, @live, or @msn email accounts.

KB 3093594's main "feature" is its amazing ability to crash Windows Live Mail.

Apparently the patch works if your account on outlook.com says Outlook Mail (Preview). But if it says anything else, you're doomed to crash. See my post for details.

I've received word from a reader (thanks LL!) that the patch has been reissued. It doesn't solve all of the problems with the patch, but if you installed the earlier version of KB 3093594 and Windows Live Mail 2012 is crashing on you, it would behoove you to install this newly updated version of KB 3093594. (Look in Windows Update.)

Apparently the other main issues -- syncing and calendar not working -- have not yet been resolved. LL admonishes that if you are having problems with Windows Live Mail 2012 crashing, install the latest version of KB 3093594; but if you aren't seeing crashes, hold off until Microsoft solves the rest of the problems.

The KB article has been updated to reflect the change:

Known issues about this update

Issue 1: After you install this update (that was released before December 17, 2015), you may find that the program crashes soon after start.

Solution: Microsoft has identified the cause and has released a fix that addresses the issue for affected users on applicable platforms. To fix this issue, install this update that's released on December 17, 2015.

Issue 2: After you install this update that's released on December 17, 2015, you may experience mail sync issues.

This issue occurs because of a server-side problem. Microsoft is researching this issue and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

I'll keep you posted.

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