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  • Selling Disks With Free Microsoft Software Lands E-Waste Recycler Stiff Prison Term

    04/26/2018 6:29:18 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | 26 April 2018 | Shane McGlaun
    ...Lundgren will serve a 15-month prison sentence and will be forced to pay a $50,000 fine. Lundgren had taken to downloading free software that Microsoft offers to Windows users commonly called restore disks... Many states are actively pushing for legislation that guarantees consumers the right to repair their own gadgets, California has legislation in process to force device makers to provide users and third parties with items needed to repair devices...
  • Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

    04/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.A nervous-looking Chris Capossela, now chief marketing officer at Microsoft, attempted to plug a scanner into a Windows 98 PC while Gates looked on. The intent was to demonstrate the plug-and-play abilities of the upcoming OS. The result was an all-too-familiar Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), and a "whoah..." from Capossela.Youtube Video"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.As Windows 10...
  • Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

    09/21/2017 9:42:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
    Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer. The billionaire Microsoft co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function originally used to get into Windows computers is an awkward maneuver. “If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM for the issue. “We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to...
  • Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview (Green, actually)

    01/10/2017 9:03:02 PM PST · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Iain Thomson
    Turn your PC into a green-eyed monster Redmond has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 – one of the biggest updates to its cloudy operating system – ahead of the release of the Creators Update later this year. There's a whole host of upgrades and additions in the new build, but one that will be immediately noticeable to developers is the axing of the traditional Blue Screen of Death whenever the operating system throws its toys out of the playpen. Now it will be green. "In an effort to more easily distinguish Windows Insider reports vs the reports of...
  • Virus Warning For Website "A Dog's Purpose" Too late for me.

    08/28/2016 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Excellence · 3 replies ^ | August 28, 2016 | self
    A Dog's Purpose is a real movie, but the website is infected. The trailer is on YouTube, just do not go to the website.
  • Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

    08/25/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble started when people downloaded and installed the Anniversary Update, which arrived at the turn of the month. That's the same upgrade that has knackered millions of webcams and caused some systems to freeze up. The crash kicks off in the storage partition driver partmgr.sys, with a bugcheck code...
  • Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand (awesome photo)

    08/23/2016 5:39:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click here (it is planted in Facebook's garden, so if you'd prefer not to visit, you were warned).
  • Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it (BSOD gets an Update)

    04/11/2016 8:42:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 31 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has added a QR code to its infamous Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10. As of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316, when the operating system falls over, you get not only the sad ASCII smiley but also a QR square that contains an encoded URL that leads you to a webpage about your problem. Scan it with a smartphone or other handheld and your browser will be taken to the embedded web addresses. Right now, it just points to, which explains typical Blue-Screen-of-Death causes, but in future it could contain detailed information about the crash –...
  • Windows 10 hit by problematic update

    03/06/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 64 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 7 2016 6:40AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The March roll-up update for Windows 10 appears to be causing headaches for users, some of whom have been left with computers that don't boot up after the patch has been applied. Microsoft issued the update on March 2 Australian time and users who installed it via Windows Update soon after started complaining of problems. Some experienced extremely long start-up times, with their devices taking over an hour to reach the user account login prompt. Others said they were forced to boot from USB thumb drives with an earlier installation version of Windows 10 and attempt startup repair. Also reported...
  • Man Posed as Microsoft Employee in Fraudulent Phone Call

    08/03/2014 8:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
    a South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a man fraudulently posing as a Microsoft Windows employee and asking for personal information on Wednesday, according to police. The suspect, calling himself Mike Johnson, told the resident that her computer had been compromised by a hacker and that he needed access to her computer to conduct a diagnosis. The victim did not provide any personal information to the suspect, according to police. Microsoft said that they do not contact their customers over the phone, nor do they have any records of anyone from the company calling the victim. The...
  • Windows: It’s over, tech site declares

    04/16/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 202 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2013
    Calling the latest operating system a “failure” and Microsoft’s leaders “idiots,” a top tech website has proclaimed the PC era over. Windows is coming to a dead end, they say. PC shipments collapsed in the last quarter by almost 14 percent, analysts with IDC said last week, marking the biggest drop in sales since the firm started tracking them 19 years ago. The problem, said ZDNet’s well respected Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, isn’t the designs from the likes of HP and Dell or the size of consumer’s wallets. It’s Microsoft. “Look at the numbers: Metro-interface operating systems have already failed,” Vaughn-Nichols...
  • Windows 95 released 17 years ago today--( August 24 )

    08/27/2012 9:21:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies ^ | 24 August 2012 - 10:09 | Steven Parker
    Windows 95 was arguably make or break for Microsoft, and today we celebrate the date in which it was released seventeen years ago. The iconic clouds startup screen. Seventeen years ago today Windows 95 was released to the public to major fanfare and success, this success also brought an antitrust case against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer 4.0 with a later service release of Windows 95. Windows 95 integrated Microsoft's formerly separate MS-DOS and Windows products. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1, most notably in the graphical user interface (GUI) and in its relatively simplified "plug-n-play" features. There were also major changes...
  • Blue Screen of Death on WinXP computer (img) -- Is it a terminal disease? (vanity)

    02/25/2011 10:50:08 AM PST · by webschooner · 63 replies
    self | self
    We have two desktops in our household. Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife's WinXP desktop, at that time just under 3 years old (not on warranty), started going blue screen every day at least once, always when she was using it, but you could always reboot it. I took a pic of the BSOD and emailed it to a computer service guy friend, and he said that machine was on the way out, and not worth repairing. We turned off the machine, bought a new computer, then I transferred my wife's data to the new machine. I wanted...
  • Help with a BSOD!

    01/27/2011 3:11:04 PM PST · by MeganC · 21 replies
    Me. ^ | 27 Jan 2011 | Self
    I need some help with a BSOD on my laptop. This happens kind of frequently (about once or twice a week) and it's always the same thing: STOP:0x0000007F (0x0000000000000008, 0x0000000080050031, 0x00000000000406F8, 0xFFFFF80002C4BEC0) I've reimaged the computer (it's a Sony Vaio, Model VGN-NW235F 64-bit running Windows 7), checked updates, flashed the BIOS, reinstalled hardware, all of that has done no good. I'd really appreciate it if anyone has any ideas on this, thank you!
  • 7 anti-Apple cliches that need to die

    05/31/2010 8:14:20 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 122 replies · 1,331+ views
    TUAW ^ | 29 May 2010 | Chris Rawson
    7 anti-Apple cliches that need to dieby Chris Rawson (RSS feed) on May 29th 2010 at 8:30PMPC vs. Mac flamewars are older than the web itself, but it seems like the more popular/successful Apple gets, the more heated the argument gets on both sides. Almost any debate about the relative merits of one platform or another is guaranteed to degenerate into an all-out shouting match. In the midst of all the fighting and name calling, the oddest thing happens: almost every time, you'll see a lot of the same points being raised by both sides again and again. Some of...
  • Rootkit blamed for Blue Screen patch update snafu

    02/15/2010 6:13:53 AM PST · by Gomez · 28 replies · 965+ views
    The presence of a hard-to-detect rootkit may have caused Windows XP machines to freeze up after applying a patch from Microsoft last week, according to preliminary analysis of the problem from Microsoft's security team. Microsoft's users forums filled up with reports of Windows XP users experiencing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) after applying the 13 patches released by Redmond last week. The problem was later linked to one specific update - MS10-015 - a patch for an "important" kernel flaw - and it was discovered that uninstalling this package unfroze affected machines. The Blue Screen problem affected a...
  • Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens

    02/12/2010 10:34:08 AM PST · by zeugma · 63 replies · 2,259+ views
    slashdot ^ | 02/11/2010 | Slashdot
    "Tuesday's security updates from Microsoft have crippled Windows XP PCs with the notorious Blue Screen of Death, users have reported on the company's support forum. Complaints began early yesterday, and gained momentum throughout the day. 'I updated 11 Windows XP updates today and restarted my PC like it asked me to,' said a user identified as 'tansenroy' who kicked off a growing support thread: 'From then on, Windows cannot restart again! It is stopping at the blue screen with the following message: 'A problem has been detected and Windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.' Others joined...

    10/17/2009 10:12:59 AM PDT · by Spacetrucker · 31 replies · 1,999+ views
    my fertile mind | today | Me
    PLEASE HELP: I recently suffered a BSOD event on my other computer, which happens to be the one my children use for schoolwork, reports and the like - I had to re-install Windows XP, which solved the problem, but now nothing wants to work (internet, screen laggy and can't access old files). I can see a lot of what I had on the computer before this problem, but cannot access it and cannot connect to the internet at all now... I realize this may be an involved process, but could someone please help?
  • The Blue Screen of Death (banned commercial video)

    06/25/2009 8:52:51 PM PDT · by max americana · 19 replies · 1,050+ views
    Youtube ^ | June 26, 2009 | Youtube "and the last thing Bernard saw was not the BLUE sea but the Bl..."
  • Windows New Vista View (Satirical Commentary)

    12/17/2008 11:34:44 AM PST · by This Just In · 25 replies · 874+ views ^ | December 17, 2008 | Anthony Sacramone
    Posted in The Bleeding Obvious, The Iron Coccyx of the Law | No Comments » Windows 7 Beta Invitations Sent Out, RSVP by Text Message, Instant Message, Email, YouTube, Twitter, or Cell Posted by Anthony Sacramone on December 17, 2008 010So the great “Vista Do Over” of 2009 is upon us. Will it increase speed, compatability, manageability, security, and connectability? Or will it be a hulking overstuffed lumbering piece of digital doggie doo? And how many versions will there be? One-Step-Above-DOS Useless, Basic, Home, Business, Premium, Ultimate, Triple No-Backsies Ultimate, Oh My Heavenly Lord This Thing Weighs a Ton Drop-Dead...