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Microsoft Patch Snafu Grows, Users Seek Workaround

The snafu involving one of Microsoft's recent security patches continued to grow as the developer acknowledged new incompatibility problems with some video drivers and users on the company's forums complained about having to uninstall the fix or resort to unsanctioned repairs.

Reports first surfaced Friday of problems caused by the MS06-015 security bulletin, which was rolled out to fix a critical flaw in Windows Explorer, the operating system's core file navigator. Troubles ranged from lockups of third-party software to Internet Explorer going dead.

Saturday, Microsoft posted a document that outlined the patch's problems and offered a temporary workaround that requires users to edit the Windows registry, a potentially dangerous chore, since a single error in the registry can cause the PC to refuse to boot into the OS.

Tuesday, Mike Reavey, operations manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, said that the patch not only conflicts with older versions of Hewlett-Packard "Share-to-Web" software, but added that it also is incompatible with older editions of NVIDIA graphics card drivers.

He recommended that users upgrade to the most current versions of HP's Share-to-Web and NVIDIA drivers, as those seem to not impact the patch.

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