Different trials, troubles, and tribulations with the world's most popular desktop operating systems

Did outlook start not opening this morning? Looks like it's a Microsoft error. Like many of us, you might be getting tired of tech companies testing things on the public...

In this case, the failed update seemed to have come as a part of Microsoft Office 365 (which uses a separate update system from WSUS if you are on a managed network) and may have bypassed your update server and the controls on it.

Credit where credit is due... Thank you Angus for pointing out this thread:


Basically, all you need to do is force office to run an older version. So something like this:

  1. click the start button
  2. type cmd and hit the <ENTER> key
  3. Paste the line of code below and press <ENTER> key again and wait for it to update - you will be prompted to saveyour work before office reloads to roll back the change.

The "code":

"C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\OfficeC2RClient.exe" /update user updatetoversion=16.0.12827.20470

Office should update again when they release a new fix. But if this happens again you can likely safely repeat the process.

Note this information is a suggestion and isn't intended as a replacement for advice or support of your IT support company. If you have one check with them if possible before doing :o)


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Ahh the Windows Login screen... sometimes you see a picture - you wonder where it is - but you press the mouse or your finger is resting by the finger print reader and darn it! you have a login prompt.

This blurs the picture and makes it impossible to see where it was taken (hover your mouse near the camera icon "like what you see?" or click one of the other search "bait" links "wonder what the fuss is about?" you know the ones...

Sometimes you just want to type, in the language you know, and without accents or other characters making it non-sensical. This is how we removed ENG CMS