February 2010

Microsoft Update KB977165 triggering widespread BSOD

One of Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday" security fixes is triggering a widespread "Blue Screen of Death" problem.  The cause is not the update itself, but an existing infection.  So far, reports suggest that this problem affects Windows XP and Windows Vista. Once the update is applied and the system rebooted, Windows will bluescreen at boot.  When booted to Safe Mode, the system will freeze. Removing the update from the Windows Recovery Console or using live media will get the system booting again, at least until the update is reapplied.