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Latest Patches cause Games to freeze

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ristar, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Ristar

    Ristar Flightless Bird

    i always keep the computer patched to the max. after yesterday's patching,
    the computer freezes after a few minutes of playtime. cannot alt tab, ctrl
    alt del, etc.

    this never happened before. to be certain, i've cleaned out my computer and
    the games still freeze, so im certain that the hardware's not causing the
    random freezing.

    how do i resolve this problem that is caused by the latest patches?
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    what patches did you install yesterday?

    Ristar wrote:
    > i always keep the computer patched to the max. after yesterday's patching,
    > the computer freezes after a few minutes of playtime. cannot alt tab, ctrl
    > alt del, etc.
    >
    > this never happened before. to be certain, i've cleaned out my computer
    > and
    > the games still freeze, so im certain that the hardware's not causing the
    > random freezing.
    >
    > how do i resolve this problem that is caused by the latest patches?
     
  3. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    Ristar wrote:
    > i always keep the computer patched to the max. after yesterday's
    > patching, the computer freezes after a few minutes of playtime.
    > cannot alt tab, ctrl alt del, etc.
    >
    > this never happened before. to be certain, i've cleaned out my
    > computer and the games still freeze, so im certain that the
    > hardware's not causing the random freezing.
    >
    > how do i resolve this problem that is caused by the latest patches?


    Uh, uninstall the patches?
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 16, 3:48 pm, Ristar <Ris...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > i always keep the computer patched to the max. after yesterday's patching,
    > the computer freezes after a few minutes of playtime. cannot alt tab, ctrl
    > alt del, etc.
    >
    > this never happened before. to be certain, i've cleaned out my computer and
    > the games still freeze, so im certain that the hardware's not causing the
    > random freezing.
    >
    > how do i resolve this problem that is caused by the latest patches?


    It is probably not the patches that cause the issues. Since the
    updates are the last thing people remember installing before they
    started having problems, of course it is the updates that is the
    reason the system is malfunctioning now.

    It is more likely you have outdated drivers (network/video/sound) that
    are incompatible with the updates.

    When you install MS patches, MS counts on you to make sure every non
    MS HW/SW on your system is checked out before you install the
    updates. Actually, I doubt MS really gives a hoot, so it is up to
    you.

    Since you say games, I would start looking at video drivers and get
    current.

    Or figure out what the MS updates are, uninstall them all and when
    your system is functioning again, put them back one at a time until it
    breaks.

    Uninstalling the patches does not fix your problem though. Even when
    you find the (hopefully) one update that causes the issue, you will
    still have your original issue - your system doesn't work with the
    updates installed. This method of fault isolation is also time
    consuming.

    Games usually have their own user forums as well so there may be some
    relief there.

    You can always force a memory dump when the system in hung (that is
    one reason the feature is built in) and that will show you what
    drivers are in use when the system is hung and sometimes tell you
    exactly where to look (no trial and error).
     

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