In recent months, Microsoft has put out well over 100 patches for its Windows 7 operating system. Although most have been good, the odd one is faulty when deployed. Take for example the latest round of patches on November 10th, 2015. Many people started experiencing a flashing screen upon starting windows after the updates had been installed. This certainly wasn’t the case for everyone, but definitely made an impact for a few unsuspecting users.
As it turns out, the offending update was KB3097877. It caused the affected system to make it as far as the welcome screen, and then drop into a cyclic screen flash right before the user password prompt. All inputs are blocked, and the only way to exit this was by forcibly shutting down the machine (via the power button).
From all reports, the only way to get rid of this is to uninstall the offending update via an elevated command prompt. More information is available here.
In my opinion, these patches need to be checked more thoroughly before being released. It’s not like they aren’t familiar with the operating system.
After all, they did make it.
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