Microsoft is warning that there is a bug in Windows 7 that won’t allow you to start your PC in case your PC has an Asus motherboard, as reported on this Forbes link.
Though the author of the article thinks that it might be an arm twisting tactic by Microsoft to force people to switch to Windows 10, the problem might be serious especially when you are unable to turn on your PC. Both Asus and Microsoft seem to have confirmed that there is a problem in case you are running Windows 7 on an Asus motherboard-powered PC.
But what exactly is the problem?
Microsoft released a Windows 7 Update named KB3133977. They keep on releasing such updates, but the problem with this update is, rather than being an “Optional” update, it is a “Recommended” update, which means, people should definitely install the update. But if you are using an Asus motherboard, the update has some incompatibility issues with the Secure Boot settings. So if you’re using the combination of the Windows 7 update KB3133977 and Asus motherboard, you may come across this error when you switch on your PC:
The shady thing is Microsoft knew about the bug and it did nothing. Although there is a support document on the bug coming with KB3133977 that warns people of the danger of installing the update, it also prompts people to move onto Windows 10.
Is it a complete gone case? If you have installed the Windows 7 KB3133977 update and you are using the Asus motherboard you are not going to be able to start your PC?
Fortunately, Asus has posted a set of instructions that you can carry out in order to be able to start your PC even if you have installed the Windows 7 KB3133977 update.