Microsoft Investigating Black Screen of Death

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Microsoft is currently investigating reported instances of updates to Windows 7’s security that have apparently caused some machines to boot directly to a black screen or a black screen with a single icon present.

According to a report from PC World, Microsoft has been fairly quick to respond to the “black screen of death,” as it’s been called, saying that the issue has been restricted to a fairly narrow band of users, but also admitting that the issue is, for those who’ve encountered it, “massively debilitating.”

Apparently the whole issue stems from the fact that the latest Windows 7 security updates make changes to the registry. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell the various different applications that would be effected that something is being changed, and the end result is that on your next boot you can end up just being faced by an empty black screen.

Fortunately enough, the folks over at Prevx have already responded with a fix for the issue, offering it as a free download over at its blog. There’s a fairly complicated series of instructions, as well you might imagine, to go along with it, but it should get the job done for anyone who’s having trouble with the new “black screen of death” issue.

We’re still waiting to see what the official Microsoft response is, but we’d imagine it’ll usher out something of a less complicated fix on its own in the not-too-distant future. Still, it’s a little hard to see how something like this didn’t get caught in testing…

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