Another Death in the Microsoft Family? - The UpStream

Another Death in the Microsoft Family?

posted Sunday Dec 6, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Another Death in the Microsoft Family?

First the red ring of death, now the black screen of death, Microsoft's products are slacking a bit. We wouldn't expect this with the recent release of Windows 7 right? Well, we expected wrong.

While trying to log in, users are unable to do so, getting stuck on a plain black screen. When this happens, users say they are unable to do anything, the system completely locks up. What's puzzling is the fact that some have claimed that they have gotten an additional My Computer window, but that's as far as it goes.

This annoyance doesn't discriminate, occurring across all Windows systems, not just Windows 7.

Microsoft is attempting to fix the problem stating,"we are investigating reports that its latest release of security updates is resulting in system issues for some customers,"

but eventually blamed the issue on some nasty malware.

In the meantime, a developer of anti-malware software, Prevx, discovered that "a recent Windows security patch changed Access Control List (ACL) entries in the registry." This causes some systems to not run properly. But they claim to have a temporary solution to this dilemma. We'll see how that turns out.

The one thing we know is, you shouldn't switch to a Mac, even though the commercials say it is easier than switching to Windows 7. Windows 7 is a great operating system overall. Hopefully this doesn't discourage possible consumers from buying the operating system.


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