8/15/2012 windows 7 64 update destroyed desktop and quick launch

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.  Following a Windows automatic "update", my desktop and quick launch toolbar were trashed.  When I tried to launch Thunderbird from one of the remaining desktop icons, it came up initialized (no trace of my emails).

I performed a System Restore, which has me operating once again.  Some questions:
1)  How can I determine the update that caused the problem and whether it might be critical?
2)  How can I determine when this patch has been fixed, so I can re-apply it, if necessary?
3)  How can I back up my desktop and quick-launch bar so it is much less painful when Microsoft releases broken updates?

Thanks,
eegMeister
 

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1) Since there is no widespread issue like you describe caused by these updates, as far as I know, it must be something unique to your system. The only way to determine which caused the problem is to install them one by one with a restore point created for each. .

 

2) I doubt that there will be any fix unless it is determined that the update is infact bad.

I have personally updated 5 systems so far with no issues.

 

3) Since you don't really know what happened, it would be hard to say what to backup, therefore the best way is with a restore point.

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Thanks for your quick reply.  I particularly appreciate your reassurances regarding experiencing no problems personally in updating 5 systems, and of not hearing of widespread problems.

1)  With 16 updates to apply individually, with restore points, it will likely be a while before I get to them...

2)  So "bad" may be a strong word here, given what you have experienced.  Have you, like me, frequently seen quick-launch/"pinned" tasks get messed up (at least reordered) with updates?  This is the first time I've seen a desktop messed up.

3) The system log only points to a (minor) Samsung printer driver loading issue that I can only address when I'm in a physical environment with access to that printer.  I have discovered means to back up quick launch and desktop.

Thanks again for your response.  I would welcome any specific ideas...

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I had the exact same problem. I didn't find lead3's reply helpful at all! - this is clearly a broken update.

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