Microsoft 'Investigating' Black Screen of Death

Last month, a particularly touchy change that Microsoft made in its latest Windows patches could cause a "Black Screen of Death."

Apparently, patches that affect Windows 7, Vista and XP made changes to the Access Control List that have caused installed applications to cough up the Black Screen of Death.

Security firm Prevx actually reported the problem here in this blog, and even released a free patch of its own to help take care of it. Of course, the Prevx fix isn't the official one so understandably many users are looking to Microsoft for the real deal. Sadly, it seems that Redmond is still working on it.

"Microsoft is investigating reports that its latest release of security updates is resulting in system issues for some customers," a company representative said via email to TechFlash. "Once we complete our investigation, we will provide detailed guidance on how to prevent or address these issues."

Stay tuned for word on Microsoft's resolution.

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  • BoxBabaX
    Crap, more ammunition for the Apple sheep! hopefully this is resolved quickly and efficiently, Windows 7 is doing so well too.
  • touchdowntexas13
    been running Windows 7 for almost a year now. i haven't encountered a BlackSOD or anything like it yet (fingers crossed)
  • amnotanoobie
    The good thing with Microsoft is that they acknowledge and always try to resolve any problem with Windows. Also, some may say that Microsoft is too slow, but this is the price of having a majority share of the OS market and taking into account the multitude of hardware and software configurations.

    They made a mistake the first time around, it would be a shame to do two mistakes in a row.