Microsoft Windows latest update may cause problems for Microsoft Office users

Microsoft Windows Running on Surface Laptop

The August 13 update for Microsoft Windows may cause some issues for Microsoft Office users who use scripts, the company revealed.

“After installing this update, applications that were made using Visual Basic 6 (VB6), macros using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and scripts or apps using Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) may stop responding and you may receive an “invalid procedure call error.”


In plain English, this means it could impact Office users who use previously created simple macros to complicated calculations in Excel.

Many customized spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel rely on VBScript, and this problem could impact potentially millions of users on an application crucial in the business world.

Microsoft has provided an update to fix the problem in optional update KB4512534. However, users must initiate a “Check for updates” in Windows and download and install the minor update (patch) to their system.

The patch is also not available yet for every impacted Windows version and but hopefully, it will eventually cover all of them.

Black Screen after the latest Microsoft Windows update

Another problem Microsoft has acknowledged is that some users are receiving a black screen after updating to the latest Windows.

“We are investigating reports that a small number of devices may startup to a black screen during the first logon after installing updates.”


To overcome this problem, the company suggests “press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then select the Power button in the lower right corner of the screen and select Restart. Your device should now restart normally.”

These two issues are the most critical “bugs” from the latest Windows update that may impact users.

Microsoft has been aggressively pushing update notifications to users as many Windows versions are nearing EOL (End of Life), including many Windows 10 versions.

Therefore, if you updated your Windows version last week, and you encountered the VBScript error in an Office file, now you know why and how to fix it.

The information in this post applies to users who manage their own Windows environment, which is most home and small business users.

Users on a managed network where the Windows installation and updates are handled through an IT department should contact their IT department for additional information.

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