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Microsoft says run Regedit



Microsoft recommends Registry Edit for IE Patch crashes

Microsoft is having some trouble with its new patch.

It looks like Microsoft's Internet Explorer just hit a small patch of trouble in its battle with the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser.

Users begin reporting crashes soon after the Redmond, Washington-based company issued a Microsoft Security Bulletin patch, MS07-069, which was designed to fix four privately reported back-doors that could allow remote code execution upon visiting a site which contained malicious code. Microsoft soon narrowed the crashes to the patch and specifically to users of Internet Explorer 6 and Windows XP Service Pack 2.

The latest version of the Internet Explorer browser is IE7, so IE6 is an outdated version, but is still common on many computers.

The bug causes IE6 to freeze when it tries to load a webpage. Microsoft says the bug is caused "as a result of customization" and is not widespread. What exactly "customization" entails is not detailed by Microsoft, but it appears to suggest that while IE6/SP2 users may be affected, only a specific subset of this group will likely experience crashes.

Microsoft has added information on the problem to its Knowledge Database and issued a suggestion that affected users make edits to their registry as detailed in a separate post. Microsoft says the registry edits will fix the Internet Explorer bugs.

Some users are suggesting that Microsoft should just issue a new patch to fix the problem instead of recommending registry edits that may stump inexperienced users. One blogger, Paul Shannon writes, "With hundreds of users here running XP SP2 with IE6, how can Microsoft be serious that the solution is to edit each registry? Is this some sort of joke? It would be easier to have each user install Mozilla Firefox and stop using IE completely."

Microsoft has had its struggles with browser bugs, but so has its rival Mozilla. Both giants are trying to avoid these kinds of slips as the next generation browser war approaches, with Microsoft preparing to release its eighth iteration of Internet Explorer and Mozilla gearing up for the release of Firefox 3.