Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010
Scaremongering press again...
Indeed. Please refer to the following article for the particular grain of truth they are twisting at the moment: Windows Black Screen of Death: What You Need to Know - PC World
It stems from Microsoft security updates
After the latest Microsoft patch was delivered on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, users began reporting a crippling black screen. The Black Screen of Death causes your PC to seize up and removes everything except, in some cases, a single open My Computer window. So what happened?
Microsoft apparently made changes to the Access Control List (ACL), a list of permissions for a logged-on user. The ACL interacts with registry keys, creating visible desktop features such as a sidebar. However, the latest patches appear to make some changes to those registry keys. The effect is that some installed applications aren't aware of the changes and don't run properly.
It's not Windows 7-specific
Windows 7 haters: step back. The Black Screen of Death isn't relegated to Microsoft's latest OS. Security firm Previx states that the Black Screen of Death can affect Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 without prejudice. So if you're considering uninstalling Windows 7, fearful that it is the source of the problem, don't bother. You won't dodge any bullet.
If you are affected, the UK Security firm Prevx posted some instructions which are supposed to help/solve the issue: Black Screen woes could affect millions on Windows 7, Vista and XP
For the more advanced, there's also a way to modify the registry settings to fix the issue: Latest Windows security patches trigger black screen