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How To Uninstall A Microsoft Patch

It's been a tough 10 days for Microsoft, which has seen three of the five security bulletins released April 11 face resistance from users once they discovered the patches broke more than they fixed.

Microsoft has addressed one of the patch problems by promising to re-release MS05-015 next Tuesday; this critical patch for Windows Explorer has caused grief for a large number of users.

But others, like those facing empty Outlook Express address books, have no way around their problems other than removing the offending patch.

With Microsoft's recent record, users may occasionally need to uninstall security fixes until the Redmond, Wash. developer comes up with safe and easy workarounds, or re-releases a patch.

As a last resort, here's how to remove an offending patch, and then keep it off your PC:

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