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cass

I've been using Windows 7 since the beta (January 2009) and I just got my first BSOD today.

I'm actually sort of impressed that it didn't happen sooner.

Another surprising thing, I never got a BSOD using Vista.

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brett

I haven't had a BSOD yet which is surprising because Apple's BootCamp drivers are really bad. Something to look forward to.
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dave

Crazy! What were you doing when it happened? Plugging in any hardware or did it seem totally random?
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cass

Happened randomly. I had a couple apps running: Chrome, Zune, and uTorrent (DLing Ubuntu, don't get any ideas...). I was just browsing the web, stuff started freezing up and then BAM! Blue Screen.
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clindhartsen

Seems like the only thing that causes them anymore is a bad driver, and those seem to be quite seldom to come across. I've actually had two in 7, some type of memory overflow, but I blame the cheap Gateway I purchased.
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LANjackal

Agreed, if you're BSODing, it's probably a hardware problem
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ArmpitOfDeath

I've had quite a lot of BSOD's...

...On Boot Camped Macs.

No BSOD's ever on W7 on anything else.
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brett

Exactly. Apple needs to hire some legit Windows devs to fix that. It's a bummer that they don't care enough to do so.
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ArmpitOfDeath

If you think about it, there's no particular incentive to make it rock solid. Most Boot Camp users use Windows as an adjunct OS to do something that they ironically spend most of their time in and is the bulk of their actual work, and then retire to what they think is the better OS to do 'cooler stuff'.

You're for example one of the few people who would correctly attribute the issues to Apple or their driver devs, and not Microsoft - the vast majority of Boot Camp users would roll their eyes and curse Microsoft at the latest BSOD. It's a form of very effective negative reinforcement on the part of Apple - and I'm not sure whether they're that amazingly good (I'm personally inclined to doubt it) at even the slightest detail of their product marketing to actually do this intentionally. It works well enough for there to seem to be not a particular problem with the installation, while being just unstable enough to bring the quality of Windows into question.

But intentional or not, it has what could be termed a desired effect for Apple while not in most cases bringing disrepute on *them*.
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happyschneider

because they don't really want you to use Windows 7 maybe? ;) I'm surprised they still are offering this boot camp...
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clindhartsen

The hilarious thing would be Microsoft itself would probably be open to doing this, I mean, another computer with a Windows License is another dollar in the pocket.
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brett

Haha yeah this is true. I would be totally okay with it. Doesn't matter who is writing the drivers provided that I end up with a more solid machine.
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