Blue Screen of Death is a common phenomenon that Windows users experience.
An occurrence of BSoD can cause you a bad day while working on something very important. In addition to wasting a lot of time, you may not be able to restore the latest updates to any document you were working on before this happens. However, an occasional BSoD is not a cause for concern, just occurrence frequently requires serious concern.
Causes of death blue screen
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Before we start deciphering the Blue Screen Survival Guide, let’s take a look at the things that commonly cause this to happen. The blue screen of death is common when your computer encounters a “STOP Error”
- Use of low-level or outdated software
- Hardware malfunction or compatibility problems
- Malware and viruses
- Problematic BIOS settings
- Bad memory
- Drive malfunction
- Corrupted system files
- Low memory
On the infrequent occurrence of BSoD, have your system reboot if it reboots automatically and then continue working. But for the stubborn STOP errorYou can approach troubleshooting by providing a brief history of your past activity on your PC to help determine the likely cause of the problem. For example, you might want to be sure of the following:
- Is the version of your operating system up to date?
- What were you trying to do when it happened?
- What software is currently running?
- Is it a once in a lifetime experience or does it happen often?
- Does it follow a certain pattern?
- Have you made any hardware or software changes recently?
- Are there any other performance issues that you noticed before the blue screen?
Finding answers to these questions can be the first guide in your approach to troubleshooting. While you’re still trying to figure out what could be a possible cause of the blue screen, there are some proactive steps you should take to save the situation.
The following troubleshooting steps will help you get out of any blue screen of death situation, no matter how deadly it is.
1. Check your blue screen stop code
Finding a comprehensive solution to a blue screen problem begins with determining the real source of the problem. So, check and read the error message to determine what exactly could be causing the blue screen error. For example, in Windows 10, a link to Microsoft’s blue screen troubleshooting page is usually displayed on the blue screen. There is also a QR code that can be scanned with your phone camera that will take you to the Microsoft site. Note the Stop code Listed on the page to narrow down your troubleshooting and use the suggestions on the page as a guide in troubleshooting the error.
2. Boot into Safe Mode
You can only work normally without responding to it Security mode if the BSoD isn’t a big one. However, if you have a major problem, you will need to boot into Safe Mode to work normally. In Safe Mode, only load basic Windows configurations to prevent third-party apps from interfering with normal system operations.
If you can work normally in Safe Mode without seeing the blue screen, the problem is with an installed app or software. While software can crash on its own, it does not necessarily affect the entire PC operating system. However, low-level software running in the Windows kernel can crash the operating system. If during troubleshooting you determine that the problem is with the software, try removing or updating the software.
3. Start the PC with the basic hardware requirements
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If it’s not a software problem, it could be a hardware problem. Try to start your PC only with the hardware necessary to run the operating system. If the computer starts successfully, it means that one of the hardware is causing the blue screen of death.
4. Refer to Event Viewer for more information
Use the Event Viewer to find out more about what caused the blue screen. Search for Event Viewer on your pc and go to Windows logs and click on system. When the system opens, you will find a log of the activities and events that have occurred on your system. This can give you suggestions about the real cause of the blue screen.
5. Perform a virus / malware scan
Viruses and malware can infect your computer’s master boot record or boot sector and this can cause a blue screen of death. Run a virus scan on your computer and try to remove them if you discover any.
6. Perform an SFC scan
The System File Checker (SFC) allows you to scan for any damaged system files and try to fix them if you can. This could solve your blue screen problem. To run the SFC command, press Win + X to open the context menu on your computer. Alternatively, you can right-click the start button. Then choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows Power Shell (Admin). Then enter the following command:
sfc / scannow
7. Try a system restore
Attempt a system recovery to undo the last system changes. To use a system restore, open the Switchboard. You can go through to the control panel the settings or the search box if you’re using Windows 10. Go to Control Panel Systems and security. Then go to system. Tap the System protection link in the left corner and click system recovery.
8. Check to see if the space is low
You can also find out if there is enough free space on your hard drive. Low disk space can cause a fatal error. It is recommended that you have at least 10% of the capacity of your drive free at all times.
9. Install and activate driver and system updates
Install and activate any pending driver updates and Windows service packs for your system. Also, make sure that all hardware settings and BIOS settings are reset to the default settings. In addition, updating your BIOS as out of date BIOS can also cause a blue screen of death.
10. Make sure that the hardware components are properly seated
Make sure that all of your hardware components are installed and seated securely. Try reseating your internal data and power cables, memory modules, and expansion cards.
11. Run tests and diagnostics
Test your system memory and hard drive. After all these attempts, try again to test the STOP message. You may also need to run diagnostic tests on all of the hardware that you can test. If any of the tests fail, you will need to replace the memory and hard drive.
If you try one or more of the troubleshooting suggestions above, the blue screen problem should be resolved and your system should be back to normal. However, if the problem persists or you cannot figure out some of the procedures, don’t hesitate to take your system to an expert and save yourself the headache.
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