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Windows 7 Has an Obscure OS-Crashing Memory Bug

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We never ran into this obscure Windows 7 memory leak bug on our final RTM build: If you run CHKDSK using the "/r" parameter on a secondary drive—not your actual Windows partition—you could crash out the OS.

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But you—regular guy—probably won't run into it, Ed Bott says after hours of testing the bug this morning. Not only are the conditions are pretty specific, CHKDSK actually throws up a few roadblocks along the way to meet those conditions, and the bug's not even 100 percent reproducible—Microsoft's working on reproducing it themselves, so we'll likely see a patch for it waiting for everybody on Windows Update at launch if it really is that critical.

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In the meantime, just don't follow those super specific steps to crash out your computer. [InfoWorld, ZDNet]

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