MS15-046: Description of the security update for Office 2010: May 12, 2015

Applies to: Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS15-046. To view the complete security bulletin, go to one of the following Microsoft websites:

Improvements and fixes

This update also contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issue:
  • Assume that you apply security update 2883013. Then, you open a document that has fields in placeholder text in a content control in Word 2010. In this situation, the fields do not automatically update, even if you enter design mode.

How to obtain help and support for this security update

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Download information

You can obtain the stand-alone update package through the Microsoft Download Center. To install the security update, follow the installation instructions on the download page.

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To apply this security update, you must have Service Pack 2 for Office 2010  installed on the computer.

Restart requirements

You may have to restart the computer after you install this security update.

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, a message is displayed that advises you to restart the computer.

To help reduce the possibility that a restart will be required, stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before you install this security update.

Learn about why you may be prompted to restart your computer  after you install a security update on a Windows-based computer.

Removal information

Note We do not recommend that you remove any security update.

To remove this security update, use the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel.

Note When you remove this security update, you may be prompted to insert the disc that contains Microsoft Office. Additionally, you may not have the option to uninstall this security update by using the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. There are several possible causes of this issue.

Learn about the ability to uninstall Office updates .  

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces security update 2965236.