IT'S NOT JUST YOUR WEBCAM that won't play nice with Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update, as Kindle Paperwhite owners have complained that plugging the e-reader into a PC triggers a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) meltdown.
Complaints have flooded in on Microsoft's Support Forums after Amazon e-reader users moaned that connecting a Kindle Paperwhite to a PC has turned it into an overpriced brick.
It seems that, since the release of the Anniversary Update at the beginning of the month, Windows 10 tries to mount the e-reader's filesystem as a removable storage device, sending the PC into full-on borkage mode.
"After the Windows 10 Anniversary Update last week, every time I plug in my Kindle Paper to the USB 3 port I get a blue screen with the stop code: SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED partmgr.sys. Before the update I had no problems with the Kindle Paperwhite and Windows 10," the first comment explained.
Others have since chipped in. "I also cannot connect my Kindle Paperwhite (6th gen) into my computer running Windows 10 AU without it going kablooey. It's a custom-built system that I built myself too. Not sure what's going on because I could do it before in Windows 10 (pre-AU)," said one.
Another said: "I'm having this issue with my Asus laptop. Clean install and updated to Ann Version a few days ago. Now EVERY time I plug in my Kindle Paperwhite I get the BSOD! Haven't had a BSOD for 5-10 years!"
Some people have reported no problems at all with plugging in their e-readers, while others experienced sporadic problems. A few have reported that the BSOD appears only when plugging the Kindle into a USB 3.0 port, although others have said that the problem also occurs with USB 2.0.
Microsoft has remained characteristically tight-lipped on the situation, so there's no official fix as yet.
However, some have reported that plugging in the Kindle while the machine is in boot-up or in sleep mode avoids the BSOD, while others said that connecting the Kindle with the magnetic cover closed also avoids any borkage.
The cock-up comes just a week after it was revealed that Microsoft's Anniversary Update stopped webcams working after the firm removed support for USB webcams using MJPEG and H264 stream encoding. µ
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