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Windows security updates breaking old software: to upgrade or not (that is not really a question).

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/03

Windows Security updates sometimes break old software.

In this case it was an older InstallShield version (not even sure it was 2012), breaking with this message when security updates like KB2949927,  KB3004394 or KB3033929 are installed:

ISDEV : error -6003: An error occurred streaming ‘<path>\DiskImages\DISK1\<filename>.isc’ into setup.exe.

An earlier security update KB2962872 even crashed InstallShield 2012 and 2013 during startup.

It raises the issue if security updates are more important than upgrading your tool-chain. For less flexible organisations (not limited to large ones; small ones can be just as inflexible for instance when an upgrade also requires time or skills to be acquired) this can impose a serious problem.

Where Windows XP let you choose which updates to install and when, Windows 7 and 8 became more mandatory (installing security updates automatically even rebooting). Rumour was that Window 10 does not even let you uninstall security updates any more, but that has feature has been removed.




4 Responses to “Windows security updates breaking old software: to upgrade or not (that is not really a question).”

  1. mkruger777 said

    It causes the building of the install shield .ism file to fail. In the error log you find the following error: ISDEV : error -6003
    Windows validation is disabled. To enable Windows validation: on the Tools menu, click Options and select the Validation tab.
    Automatic update notification disabled

    After removing KB3185330 , it all worked fine.

  2. mkruger777 said

    Thanks Jeroen, super handy! Just found that KB3185330 also causes havoc. Kind regards, Morné

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