In Pictures: 17 epic Microsoft Windows Auto Update meltdowns

These legendary clunkers made Patch Tuesday a living hell for Windows users the world over

August 2013: The biggest, baddest bungled batch ever That brings us to this month and what a crop of bad patches we saw. Within 48 hours of the month's Automatic Update, Microsoft publicly admitted six Windows patches were bad and pulled four of them. As far as I can tell, that's a record -- and I've been watching Microsoft patches for more than a decade. It's not just a record for bad patches. It's a record for how quickly Microsoft acknowledged, documented, and in some cases, pulled the offending patches.

If Microsoft continues to come clean with its screw-ups -- by no means a given -- those of us who wait for patches will have a much easier job stalling on the stinkers.

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