The Latest Security Patch from Microsoft Cripples Windows XP Enable PCs with Blue Screen Of Death

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Friday, February 12, 2010

old-microsoft-logo  The latest Windows Patch for XP that was released on Tuesday disabled Windows XP PCs with Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Complaints were pouring since yesterday at the company’s support forum.  One of the complaints says that the user was prompted with Restart option when he updated his XP Pc. But, after Restart, Windows stop at Blue Screen Of Death and it can not be restarted. User is getting a  message “A problem has been detected and Windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.” Even Windows can not be started in Safe code. Several users complain that MS10-015 patch is the one that created problem.

The support thread had 120 messages as of Thursday morning and it was viewed 2800 times. Microsoft posted possible solution of the issue at their forum. It says to Boot from your Windows XP CD or DVD and start the recovery console and enter a series of commands. But that left netbook users in trouble because most of the netbooks lack any optical drive. So, they can not be booted from CD or DVD. Many users tentatively found that the MS10-015 update is the one  which triggered the BSOD, and claimed that uninstalling that security fix which was labeled as KB977165 , brings back their PC to working condition.

Windows users reported similar problems before while upgrading to windows XP SP3 and upgrading from Vistas to Windows 7.

MS10-015 is one of the 13 updates that Microsoft released on Tuesday. It fixes a 17 year old kernel bug in all 32 versions of Windows. Google engineer found the bug 3 weeks back.

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