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An Update is causing BSOD, what do I do?

Q: An recent Windows Update is causing my computer to blue screen, what do I do to fix this?

A: From time to time a Microsoft security Update will not be compatible with the software and/or device drivers on your machine and the instability will trigger the Blue Screen Of Death (for more on BSOD’s and what to do, see “When good computers go bad“). Usually, Microsoft will repair this and issue a new Update … eventually.

In the meantime, remove the Update (If you’re not sure which Update is the perp, remove the most recent ones) by going to Add/Remove Programs in your Control Panel. (Start >Settings >Control Panel >Add/Remove Programs) Now look to the top area and place a check (select) in the “Show updates” checkbox. Now you will be able to see the list of installed Updates.

Click on the Update you want to remove, and then click on the “Remove” button. (You may need to reboot your PC afterwards.)

Today’s free link:(s) I do NOT recommend uninstalling security updates unless they cause your machine to become inoperable. I am a big fan of security updates and want all my vulnerabilities patched. If you’re like me in that aspect, Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector is for you.

* Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Today

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  1. Hopefully, the release of IE 8 will convince those who are still using IE 6, to finally update.

    As of the end of February, 2009 (according to the latest stats available), approximately 20% of Internet users were still using IE 6, despite the fact this version of Internet Explorer is an open invitation to a malware infection.


    Comment by Bill Mullins | March 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Mr. Mullins–
      I have informed my readers many times: IE 6 is the MOST HACKED piece of software — ever.

      I thank you for adding your voice to my argument. There simple is no good reason to still be using Internet Explorer 6.


      Comment by techpaul | March 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. TechPaul and Bill,

    Running IE6: Not only are you a malware target, you can become a victim of the operating system itself where compatibility issues will eventually surface…

    Great post TechPaul!


    Comment by whatsonmypc | March 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Whenever I run across someone using IE 6 during the course of my work, I always — politely — ask them if they are aware of the risks, and that newer versions are available. As a “value add”, I offer to update their version – free of charge. (I also mention Firefox.)

      A few take me up on my offer, but most tell me “don’t you dare!” They are .. determined to keep with what they know (and I presume, like).
      Part of me understands this..


      Comment by techpaul | March 19, 2009 | Reply

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