You observations are dead on with the rest of the Internet community.
This bug affects both non-managed computers that have activated
"Microsoft Update" (in contrast to "Windows Update"), and managed
computers that use a central "WSUS" server (but only when the WSUS
server is pushing updates to Microsoft Office).
There were a number of MS Office updates released this week, so so those
clients that are configured to receive Office updates automatically are
getting slammed. Ben's suggestion should help. Other recommended
work-arounds are to disable Microsoft Update in favor of Windows Update
(which only will be effective for non-managed clients), or to install an
update to the Windows Update agent. I am working on this last approach,
and will keep the community informed as progress is made.
John K. Cooley wrote:
> In trying to troubleshoot the "slow" issue, I am finding that it seems
> to be linked to getting the latest Tuesday night Windows update. We
> are seeing the problem in machines both on and off campus, so it does
> not appear to be tied to "Network Services". It is probably just
> coincidence, but it seems to be happening on units that have Automatic
> Updates turned on with the added "Microsoft Updates" (Active X)
> installed. Is anyone else finding this to be true? I am seeing this
> on both old and brand new systems.
> Yesterday, Ben sent a note that looked like it might reflect something
> along this line, but there was no details of the symptoms in his note,
> just a fix. I hesitate applying a fix unless I know that it is
> appropriate for my problem. Could there be a batch file created that
> would do the same thing?
> John Cooley
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