Like a good little Windows user, I like to keep my system up-to-date, and I did just that this past weekend. I initiated the windows updates through IE and sat back and read a book (the computer becomes almost useless whilst the updates are being updated and installed).
I had to stop half-way through, so I completed the update yesterday. Now, I spent most of the day doing other things, so I didn’t notice that my DVD drive didn’t work until I tried to play my brother’s PC copy of Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb. I started it via the Start Menu, clicked on “play” and got an immediate notice that the disc wasn’t found. “WTF?” I said. This was most unusual, since I had just used the DVD drive in Ubuntu the other day. And I had used it in Windows the past week.
So I look at the hardware device manager and notice a little yellow exclamation point on my DVD drive. Not good. I went through the troubleshooting guides and tried to reinstall it. I figured it was something to do with drivers, but I couldn’t find any new drivers for the drive. How frustrating.
So I stumbled upon this that told me I had to HACK THE REGISTRY to get my DVD drive working again. This is ridiculous. I followed the procedure, and now I have a working DVD drive, but a windows update should not render a piece of plug ‘n play hardware (especially something as vital as a CD/DVD drive) unusable.
This is why I usually use Ubuntu. Sometimes things are rendered unusable after an ALPHA or BETA update, but almost never for a regular release.