Microsoft Yanks Windows Updates After a Rash of Blue Screens
The company nixes a handful of updates after this month's Patch Tuesday left "Blue Screen of Death" in its wake for many users.Patch Tuesday is proving problematic for Microsoft this month after several Windows users were left seeing blue. The company was forced to pull four updates released on Aug. 12 following reports that they were causing Windows PCs to display the so-called "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD), an error screen that can only be dismissed by restarting the operating system. Encountering a BSOD can result in lost work and presage an imminent hardware failure, among several other faults in software and/or hardware. Microsoft quickly took the blame for a rash of BSODs that occurred after the Redmond, Wash.-based software maker issued a collection of patches and bug fixes last week. Users flocked to the Windows Update support forum on Aug. 13 to report that their systems were unresponsive after applying the Patch Tuesday updates, which included fixes for 37 vulnerabilities. Microsoft narrowed down the culprits to four buggy updates, including a security update for kernel-mode drivers (2982791); two update "rollups" affecting Windows RT, Windows 8.x and Windows Server 2012 (2975719 and 2975331); and an update that adds support for the Russian ruble's new currency symbol to Windows.
"Microsoft is investigating behavior in which systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after any of the following updates are installed," said the company in a support document. "This condition may be persistent and may prevent the system from starting correctly. Microsoft has removed the download links to these updates while these issues are being investigated."