Bug Vanquisher

11 October 2007

Out of the Fire, into the Frying Pan

Filed under: Bugz, Windows Vista — Tanveer Badar @ 2:16 AM

There is a very nice proverb in Urdu that truly explains what happened to me.
آسمان سے گرا، کھجور میں اٹکا
I installed this update (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938979). Everything seemed to work fine until… I decided that I could no longer ignore the constant prompts of Windows Update service to restart the computer. Then, I left to take a look at winky. When I came back I saw the first ever blue screen on a Windows Vista system. The offending file was CI.dll and I don’t remember the exception codes. This was certainly the result of that ‘Reliability Improving Update’ that I had installed. When I looked at the properties of the offending dll, it was deemed Code Integrity Module.

After resetting the power switch, I went to find if any diagnostics were recorded anywhere in the system. Eventlog didn’t have anything to say on the subject. Additionally, there was no memory dump at %systemroot% and to cap it all Problem Reports and Solutions has no memory of the event.

Therefore, I guess by removing any records of something bad happened, you definitely improve the reliability of your product.


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