A security update sent round to Microsoft customers lastweek appears to have triggered a ‘black screen of death’ that is impactingWindows 7, Vista and XP users.
Although a patch has been issued to fix the problem it isestimated that millions of people across the world have been impacted by theproblem which occurs after they have logged onto the system.
The irony is that the black screen of death used to be atechnique used by Microsoft to counter piracy forcing those using an illegalcopy 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 whichit 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 supportblogger 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 blackscreen and a single My Computer Explorer window. Even this window might beminimized making it hard to see.”
The problems are being blamed on the security update whichwas issued last Tuesday.