Microsoft’s Latest Blunder

In the latest example of their incompetence, Microsoft released an update to Microsoft Security Essentials which basically broke many Windows XP machines.  Startup freezeup/errors, lack of an ability to log in and see the desktop, malware service or memory errors are all examples of the symptoms.  Some people can’t even log in at all, others can do so after a long while but with many errors.  The solution at this time seems to be to boot into Safe Mode and remove Microsoft Security Essentials the hard way, by using the Install/Uninstall Fixit utility from here:

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/program_install_and_uninstall/en-us

After removing Microsoft Security Essentials, you can reboot and install AVG from here:

http://free.avg.com

Obviously they didn’t bother testing this update with Windows XP machines or just wanted to sabotage them some more to force upgrades.  Imagine employees of Ford running around blowing up all the Ford Explorers older than 2001 to force the purchase of new ones.  I am reminded of Hanlon’s Razor, however: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”