Microsoft Patch Leads to XP Crashes

Patch Tuesday is supposed to make computers work better, right? Well, after the most recent set of security releases from Microsoft, many XP users are seeing their computers crash, forced to reboot after the notorious Blue Screen of Death.

Microsoft says it’s investigating, and Datamation has the story on the fallout from the patch.

One of the bug fixes released on February’s Patch Tuesday event this week may be causing some Windows XP users serious problems, including repeated reboots and the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death” (BSoD).

The patch, which several reports have fingered as the cause of the problem, is numbered MS10-015. It is meant to fix a recently revealed vulnerability in Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows that dates back some 17 years.

An undetermined number of users were faced with the crashes immediately after installing the update. By Thursday morning, frustrated users were complaining on multiple online forums, including Microsoft’s own.

On Microsoft’s forums, users had lodged 157 entries and nearly 17,000 views by early Thursday afternoon relating to the problem.

“After installing today’s update 02/09/10 I now get the BSoD PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA 0x00000050,” said one user, who goes by the screen name Sacdan69. “This has happened to both my wife’s computer and my nephew’s.”

Read the full story at Datamation:

Patch Tuesday Update Crashes XP Users’ Parade

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