A security update sent round to Microsoft customers last week appears to have triggered a ‘black screen of death’ that is impacting Windows 7, Vista and XP users.
Although a patch has been issued to fix the problem it is estimated that millions of people across the world have been impacted by the problem which occurs after they have logged onto the system.
The irony is that the black screen of death used to be a technique used by Microsoft to counter piracy forcing those using an illegal copy of its OS to seek a copy from an authorised source in order to regain functionality.
Prevx has provided a fix for the problem the cause of which it struggled to pinpoint on its blog.
“There appears to be many causes of the black screen issue. The symptoms are very distinctive and troublesome,” stated Prevx support blogger Dave Kennerley.
After logging on a user would find: “there is no desktop, task bar, system tray or side bar. Instead you are left with a totally black screen and a single My Computer Explorer window. Even this window might be minimized making it hard to see.”
The problems are being blamed on the security update which was issued last Tuesday.