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October 29, 2007

Hotfixing Vista

Filed under: Random — Mick West @ 5:07 pm

I got a Blue Screen of Death a few minutes ago, and I’d had another one yesterday. The BSOD is possibly the most annoying thing that can posibly happen, short of total drive failure. Anyway, this time I wrote down the error:


With a little digging it seemed this was related to the fact that two days ago I accidentally put my computer to sleep, instead of powering down. This is a known issue, detailed here:

Since the fix is apparently a bit tenuous, you have to contact Microsoft to get the hotfix. At first I attempted to do this via their on-line chat, but swiftly gave that up as it managed to crash IE7, and kept telling me it was about to charge me $54.

So I eventually discovered you can just submit an online request for a hotfix, here:

So I did, and now I’m waiting. We shall see….

[UPDATE] About three hours later I got an email with a download link and a password. The password is only good for seven days. I installed it, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. No crashes so far.


  1. How very odd that you need to ask for a fix and get a password for a bug. What a strange world MS live in.

    Comment by Liam — November 2, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

  2. Well, I can understand that they really only want to give the fix to people who really really think they need it – as applying it indiscriminately might cause more problems than it fixes.

    This way is an unhappy medium

    Comment by Mick West — November 2, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

  3. That was pretty bad but we still have bugs to take care of with Vista. It keeps slowing down and the IE7 has had so many crashes I switched to firefox which I find is better in every way.

    Comment by David — January 8, 2009 @ 12:06 am

  4. Guys, I am using IE6, IE7, Firefox and Oper + Chrome. Not a single bug with Vista. It is running like wild. What issues exactly do you have?

    Comment by windows vista fan — January 12, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  5. I bought a copy of Vista a year a go and its currently sitting on my shelf, unopened and gathering dust. I have enough problems keeping XP at bay. I’m fully with David regarding browsers, not only does it run smoother, has more functionality, but its a lot more standard compliant than all the other browsers.

    Comment by Catherine Ellis — November 3, 2009 @ 2:43 am

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