Windows Black Screen of Death Root Cause

As earlier suggested by Prevx in the fix for Black Screen of Death (BSoD), the actual reason was not related to a recent update pushed by Microsoft.

Prevx has now apologized to Microsoft and also blogged about the Root cause of the Black Screen of Death. Here are some snippets from the blog post.

The issue appears to be related to a characteristic of the Windows Registry related to the storage of string data. In parsing the Shell value in the registry, Windows requires a null terminated "REG_SZ" string. However, if malware or indeed any other program modifies the shell entry to not include null terminating characters, the shell will no longer load properly, resulting in the infamous Black Screen with the PC showing only the My Computer folder.

This was the root cause that was causing the problem, which was earlier discovered by the SysInternals team a few years ago. They also said that they tested out the problem with the most recent Windows update.

Having narrowed down a specific trigger for this condition we’ve done quite a bit of testing and re-testing on the recent Windows patches including KB976098 and KB915597 as referred to in our previous blog. Since more specifically narrowing down the cause we have been able to exonerate these patches from being a contributory factor.

So the Black Screen of Death is NOT caused by Windows update, but is caused by some sort of malware or application which caused the above problem to trigger.

Funny Windows Error Messages [Humor]

Sometime back we had introduced you to some funny and interesting 404 errors. Well how can we leave Windows behind, over the past years users have seen several errors which are funny and stupid and we couldn’t help but laugh at them.

Here are some funny Windows errors which we received via a email from a friend, hope you enjoy it and start your weekend with a bang.

End of the Internet as we see it


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Quickly Copy Text From Error Message Alerts

Every application you use may at one point or another crash or cease running, in most of the cases the applications show  you error messages in a alert using which you can Google or contact the support staff of the application.

For many years we have painfully typed each of the word in the error message in order to be able to Google it and find a solution.

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