Windows Security Update Actually Destroys Windows 7: Reports

Add it to the list of recent woes for Microsoft.

A security update released by Microsoft on Tuesday has been reported to actually crash Windows 7, Windows 2008 and Windows Vista.

According to a report by TechNewsDaily that when users went to restart their machines after installing the update, the computer went to a "blue screen of death," rather than starting up (which makes us wonder why the next Windows operating system is codenamed "Blue"). This has led to endless, and futile, cycles of rebooting machines.

The whole debacle is particularly unfortunate, considering the recent economic woes blamed on Windows 8. The company acknowledged the issue last night.

Microsoft has traced the malfunction back to antivirus software made by Kaspersky Lab.

"Kaspersky Lab apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused our customers," Microsoft said in a statement. "The company will work harder to strengthen its technical collaboration with its partners in order to prevent any repeat of this incident in the future."

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  • Guru Aid

    Security updates are patches for the Operating System that Microsoft releases in order to fix vulnerabilities that were found and reported by the users. It is essential that you install these updates in order to keep your system up-to-date and free from any security risks. Once in a while, it does happen that a few of these updates turn out to be problematic. But with such a vast user base and users operating in a variety of software environments, it's statistically impossible to cater to every system every time without messing up a few. We're not saying that's acceptable, but every now and then you might encounter a bad apple. The point is, updates have been proven to be more useful than harmful. So, one shouldn't over react and turn off auto-updates. Even when they turn out to be problematic sometimes, you can simply do a system restore or manually uninstall the updates that are causing the problem. GuruAid

  • Weride

    This just killed a brand new HP workstation in our accounting department. I just rolled it out last week and now it is dead. Completely unusable. Thanks Microsoft, you're making Apple look pretty damn good these days.