So far so good, mainly because, from what I can see, most people have astutely avoided the temptation of voluntarily trying out this update. Bravo. There is still hope of us. Yes, downloading KB971033 and letting it check your Windows 7, even if you know you have a legit copy, would be like playing Russian roulette … given Microsoft’s recent record of dud updates.
I have seen one report of somebody claiming that KB971033, once installed, clobbered his machine … not immediately … but on a subsequent restart. Not sure that this problem was caused by the update. Plus one incident doesn’t constitute a trend.
I have also seen one other claim that KB971033 clobbered a system … but this was from somebody who was monkeying around with his ASUS BIOS. He, himself, thinks that the problem might be his ad hoc modifications to the BIOS … possibly confusing KB971033.
Yes, there are lots of people looking around for ways to bypass KB971033. It is very easy. Don’t install it! Simple as that.
Remember, Microsoft really doesn’t want to stop people using pirated copies of Windows 7. So make Microsoft happy. Just say NO to KB971033. Remember Microsoft needs the market share. Do you think 69 million Chinese would be using Windows 7 IF they had to pay for it. They would have gone with Cinux.
So, so far, so good. But stay on your toes. A storm is brewing. Good luck.
The Author of ‘The Next Pope‘