Black Screen of Death for Microsoft

Poor work by a publicity-hungry security outfit looks like it could cost Microsoft dearly

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Black Screen of Death for Microsoft
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 3, 2009

Microsoft's marketing people must have had a unpleasant week, after a UK security company reported that Windows-based PCs were suffering from *shock!* a 'Black Screen of Death' possibly caused by Microsoft's own security updates.

The story turned out to be not true, and although the actual incidence of Black Screens of Death - PCs locking up on login, displaying just a blank screen - seems to be very limited, the headlines screaming about BSODs were not good news for Microsoft, given the work that has gone into promoting Windows 7, and the apparent success so far of the new OS.

The problem isn't so much the fault themselves - which appear to be a lot of fuss about some old malware that affects all versions of Windows - but with the resurrection of that dread 'Death' moniker. Anyone who used a PC running Windows 98 or older will have suffered the Blue Screen of Death, which pretty become a byword for crappy Microsoft software. The new Black Screen grabbed headlines worldwide, and will have just reminded everyone about the bad old days, and maybe they won't buy that new PC just yet...

It's not even that Black Screen of Death is a new term it's regularly used to describe any sort of crash on a range of devices, even including the iPhone, but everyone knows that when you're talking about Blue Screen, you mean Windows.

What's surprising is that Microsoft hasn't been more clear about the nature and extent of the problem. Microsoft looked like it had learnt the lesson about clear communication on security over the past few years, but this time around they seem to have confined comment to their security blogs, and have merely issued a denial that there's a problem - which just makes the conspiracy theorists shout all the louder about what is Microsoft trying to hide. Partly the US has been off on Thanksgiving holidays, and partly it seems that the problem is so scarce that Microsoft hasn't been able to investigate fully and therefore can't comment yet, but they really need to act fast to explain if there's a problem or not. Microsoft needs to bury the Black Screen before it becomes irreversably linked to Windows.

3172 days ago
eugene beliel

i got the black screen of death and it came from microsoft i dont have the money to buy new pc microsot should pay the people for there problems some pc will never run the same my pc wont doanything freeze up all the time hell it even took my avg off and would not turn it back on.i cant even get it to download the softwear to fix it if it can even be fixed..ty

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