Blue screen of death also known as BSOD is a blue screen error and the worst type of error a computer can experience, unlike an application crash which doesn’t bring down the whole system, BSOD error appear when Windows encounters a critical error it can’t recover from and cause total shutdown of the system.
What Causes Blue Screens of Death? A BSOD have been present in all Windows-based operating systems, Blue screen of death can be cause as a result of low level software crashing , faulty/malfunctioning hardware , poorly written device drivers such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits.
Blue screens are generally caused by problems with your computer’s hardware or issues with its hardware driver software. A blue screen occurs when Windows encounters a “STOP Error.” This critical failure causes Windows to crash and stop working. The only thing Windows can do is stop the computer and restart it. And this can lead to data loss, as programs don’t have a chance to save their open data.
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=> HOW TO FIX BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH ERROR ON WINDOWS
By default, Windows automatically restarts the computer whenever it encounters a blue screen of death.
- Firstly, If you just install a new program or a piece of hardware, install an update or you update a driver, then there is a very good chance that the change you made caused the BSOD, you can Undo the change you made and test again for the STOP Error. Depending on what change you made, it may requires you to do system restore to undo the recent system changes.
- Start your Pc with only necessary hardware, try to remove any external devices connected or inserted to your computer if they are not the hardware that starts your computer to the operating system
- Make sure that a minimum amount of free space is available on your Windows partition i.e where your operating system resides. Blue Screens of Death and other serious issues, like data corruption can occur if there is not enough free space on the partition used for the Windows operating system.
- Most Blue Screens of Death are hardware or driver related, so try to update your drivers, an updated drivers could fix the cause of the STOP error.
- Try to update your computer anti-virus to the latest version and Scan your computer for viruses because some viruses can cause a Blue Screen of Death, especially ones that infect the boot sector.
- If Windows won’t start because of Blue Screen errors, try booting into Safe Mode so that you can try fixing the problem. As the computer is booting, repeatedly hit the F8 key until the Windows boot menu appears. Select Safe Mode with Networking to boot into a stripped down version of Windows. This will allow you to access your Device Manager, the internet, and other system tools.
TIP ; If you would like to see more detailed error message whenever a blue screen appears When a blue screen occurs, Windows automatically creates a “minidump” file that contains information about the crash and saves it to your disk. You can view information about these mini dumps to help identify the cause of the blue screen.
Have you ever experience this kind of issue on your computer ? let me hear from you and how you go about it.