Windows XP Security Update Causes BSoD and Reboot Hell

Friday, February 12, 2010
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Microsoft Windows XP Security Update BSoD “Fix”

Uninstall

Microsoft first suggests uninstalling the update. However, it’s reported that: “Trying to uninstall that one update results in a scary warning that removing that update might cause like 8 others to stop working properly.”

Keep in mind that, Microsoft Windows Automatic Updates program may again reinstall the buggy update without user permission.

Many users also cannot go beyond the BSOD screen.

Problematic update Removed, But Not for Enterprise Users

Enterprise users are still able to install the problematic update, even though the update is pulled by Microsoft from consumers.

“[Microsoft] stopped offering this update through Windows Update as soon as we discovered the restart issues. However, those using enterprise deployment systems such as SMS or WSUS will still see and be able to deploy these packages.” says Microsoft spokesman Jerry Bryant, Sr. Security Communications Manager Lead.

“Microsoft pulling the patch obviously says something about how widespread this thing is.” said Roel Schouwenberg, a Kaspersky antivirus researcher.

Fix to Allow Windows Boot?

Users with BSOD PCs caused by the update might have a potential fix. It requires booting from the Windows XP CD or DVD and performing a serious of steps that may or may not solve the problem.

However, requiring the use of the Windows disk presents a problem to many users:

  • Many PCs don’t ship with Windows CD in an effort to save $0.27 cost
  • Most PC users don’t know where their Windows disk is located or don’t carry them around
  • Netbooks, essentially cheap laptops lacking various features such as an optical drive, mostly cannot boot from an optical XP installation disk

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