Subject Microsoft update KB908531
Author Ann W. Harrison
Hi all,

Due to a serious omission on my part, my HP laptop was
set to automatically install Microsoft updates. One
that arrived on Sunday appears to have been poisonous -

The symptoms were that some programs - Word for one -
would hang when opening a file selection dialog box.
The box did not appear and the program never recovered.
In Word, the problem occurred in a SAVE AS command. In
Visual Studio, ADDing existing files to a project caused
the problem

The other patches in the update appear not to have ill
effects. Removing patch KB908531 resolved all the problems.
The problem is probably obscure and related to hardware
and software configurations (HP pavillion zv5000, XP Pro
Service Pack 2), however, if your Windows system shows
signs of illness after installing updates, try removing
this one first.