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Black Screen of Death

LONDON: Microsoft’s Windows 7, the hottest operating system packed with several new features and which is selling like hotcakes, is now making millions of users worldwide frustrated with an unique problem called ‘black screen of death’.The error appears to occur after logging on to the affected systems, rendering the computer unresponsive, the software giant has acknowledged.

                The black screen of death is a play on the ‘blue screen of death’ colloquialism used for the errorwindows-black-screen-of-death screen that has plagued Windows users over the years, The Daily Mail reported.The company said it was investigating a disabling glitch that seems to particularly affect its latest operating system.However, it denied reports that its latest monthly security update has caused the serious system problems."We have conducted a comprehensive review of the November Security Updates, the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, and the non-security updates we released through Windows Update in November," Microsoft said in a blog posting."That investigation has shown that none of these updates make any changes to the permissions in the registry. Thus, we don’t believe the updates are related to the ‘black screen’ behaviour described in these reports."Software firm Prevx had earlier suggested that the blank screen problem was caused by Microsoft’s latest security patch. However, it retracted from its claim later.

It seems that major change by Microsoft is to change from Blue Screen of death to Black Screen of death.May be future versions have may  red ,yellow and all other colours of death


New Features In Windows 7

Microsoft’s Windows 7 is finally here. The new perating system (OS) is the the company’s most important release after the disappointing performance of Vista, its earlier release. With Windows 7 Microsoft aims to once again strengthen its grip on the PC market.
Here’s looking into all that’s new in Windows 7.

  1. You can have a photo library, for instance, that gives you quick access to pictures in folders spread out over your hard drive, or even several hard drives. This is great because many applications don’t automatically put files into Microsoft’s My Documents and My Photos folders, and tend to deposit windows-7-logo-300x300 content in their own folders. The new arrangement also makes for easy backups.

  2. Windows 7 can sense if you use more than one finger on your touch pad or touch screen, allowing for neat tricks such as spreading your fingers to zoom into a picture, just like on the iPhone. This isn’t revolutionary per se – computer manufacturers have bolted multitouch sensing on previous versions of Windows. But it does make it easier for them to include advanced touch capabilities, and many of them are planning to do so. That is what could really revolutionize how we use computers.

  3. For a lot of users, the step up to Windows 7 will also mark a transition to a 64-bit operating system. That means computers will now be able to use a lot more Random Access Memory, or RAM, for better performance in demanding applications such as video editing. Vista and XP came in 64-bit versions in addition to the regular 32-bit versions, but the XP version was never popular, and the Vista version became mainstream only last year. But 64 bits will be standard on Windows 7, installed on nearly all new computers.

  4. Windows XP users have a lot more to gain by going to Windows 7. Vista introduced some great features, such as fast searches of the entire hard drive that of course are present in 7 as well. Windows 7 addresses Vista’s problem of resource hungriness. The boot time was fast, and so was the time taken to come out of the hibernation mode. Reviewer Benny Har-Even in IT PRO found that "Windows 7 brings a more responsive and sprightly feel."
    It also seems to work with the smaller and cheaper netbooks that’s fast getting popular. Reviewer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes in ZDNet, "Windows 7 works on netbooks, but if you push the system the same way as you push a desktop system then you might need to add more RAM. On top of that, remember that Windows 7 takes some 7.5 GB of disk space, so you need to factor this in. My advice would be not to bother upgrading an existing netbook unless you really feel you want a particular Windows 7 feature. Wait for Windows 7 netbooks to arrive on the scene as some of these will hopefully come with 2GB of RAM fitted."

  5. For those who use a number of applications and files at the same time, there’s a new facility that helps to reduce desktop clutter. You can now drag them and stack them in groups on the taskbar.
    And what’s more, if you hover the mouse over, say, the Windows Explorer stack, each window in it will appear horizontally as thumbnails, and you can click on the one you need to start using it. Right clicking on a stack gives a ‘jump menu’ that lets you see your most recent files. You can also ‘pin’ files that you use regularly on to a stack, so that they are always there on top of a stack.

  6. If you have a number of windows open and you want to focus on one and avoid the clutter around it, just take the mouse to that window’s titlebar and shake it. Everything else disappears. Shake the same way again, and all others reappear.
  7. This one wasn’t there in the beta version but was available on the RC. It allows users to access all the files on their home computer remotely, somewhat like how Slingbox allows users to remotely access the TV channels they get on their home TV.
  8. Users who like to keep their old stuff longer will like this. It allows you to run a XP application on Windows 7. But Preston Gralla of Computer World who tested the feature says home users are not likely to have a great experience with it.
    "Sharing files between the two environments (XP and 7) will be a challenge… (and) it’s not designed for games," he says. However, he finds it a great tool for businesses that have already sunk money into XP applications. Microsoft says small businesses using, say, Tally accounting solutions on XP will be able to continue using those on Windows 7.

Upgrading to Windows 7

MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED a chart that shows what, and how, existing versions of Windows can be upgraded to its shiny new Windows 7, slated for retail release on 22 October.

In the table – which looks like a paint chart for people with colour blindness – Microsoft has helpfully split easy upgrades and not-so-easy upgrades into different colours. The Vole lists the most common versions of its operating systems, in both 32- and 64-bit versions, along with a note as to whether they can be upgraded with relative ease, combinations that result in a green box saying "In-Place Upgrade", or require a much more disruptive clean install, marked with a blue "Custom Install" box.

Custom install is presumably Vole-speak for ‘you start over’ – and the process promises to be anything but easy. Incidentally there are many more blue boxes than there are green ones, which is an ominous sign.

All you lucky punters faced with a ‘custom install’ scenario will have to backup all your data – documents, spreadsheets, emails, photos, and so on – to an external hard disk or another machine (surely you’ve got those laying about, right?), install your brand new copy of Windows 7, and then restore all of your data.

Sounds easy, dunnit? But wait, you won’t be nearly done at that point. Then you get to re-install all of the software applications you have acquired over the years, find out by trial and error whether or not they still work under Windows 7, and apply all of the cumulative maintenance patches to all of those applications.

Then you get to enjoy the Vole’s inevitable series of monthly Windows 7 and related software patches along with the applications administration nightmare that’s bound to follow.

Where was that Linux distro CD again? It is sounding a hell of a lot easier all of a sudden.

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