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Microsoft Patch 'Erases' Outlook Express Addresses; Users Irked

Another Microsoft patch from the batch released last week is apparently causing problems, at least according to numerous Windows users on the Redmond, Wash. developer's official message boards.

After applying the patch from security bulletin MS06-016, say dozens of users, their Outlook Express e-mail client's address book disappeared and form-style messages can't be sent.

"After the update was applied last Thursday, when I try to open one of the .eml [templates] on my desktop, it opens and only allows me to forward the e-mail," wrote Ken Terry on Microsoft's Outlook Express newsgroup.

"After my computer auto updated patch KB 911567 I noticed my address book was empty," wrote another user, Mark Johnson, on Wednesday.

The problem said users, including several Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals), was the MS06-016 patch (also tagged as KB911567); uninstalling the patch returned the address book to its prior state and allowed template-based messages to be e-mailed normally.

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