Over time, Windows has captured fame through its Blue Screen of Death. It’s annoying, however it can be easily disabled but this doesn’t solve your problems.
What is a BSoD?
The blue screen itself is a log of diagnostics information collected by the system to help the user or technician figure out what goes wrong with the computer from the front.
Of course, it’s not fun and besides this it’s annoying to see that something is wrong with your computer, but the BSoD actually is a great way to diagnose what’s wrong with it, and it can actually help you prevent something worse from happening to your machine.
How to Decode a BSoD Diagnose
Your first impression could be that this is way too advanced, but actually it’s much easier than you may think. On the screen there are some key areas you’ll want to look at, that really helps you to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it.
There are 3 lines in a BSoD to pay attention at. The line 4, under “The problem seems to be caused by…” you’ll see something in all caps for example in the above BSoD: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Also pay attention on what you were doing before the blue screen appeared, or if it’s random, make note of that too. Finally, pay attention to the two lines under “Technical Information“, this lines have some technical jargon, not many understand how to read this but many understand how to use it. Write down the characters after the “STOP:”
What if BSoD Disappears Fast?
This depends on your system configurations, some systems are configured to restart automatically after experiencing a blue screen of death. To re-enable the full stop screen, you’ll need to boot into Safe Mode usually by pressing F8 key at startup. Now go to System Properties (in WinXP) by right clicking My Computer > Properties or in (Vista and Win 7) open My Computer and select System Properties at the top.
Then select Advanced System Settings from the left menu, move to the Advanced tab and click on Settings under Startup and Recovery.
Find and uncheck the Automatically Restart box under System failure. After unchecking this box, the next time the blue screen of death shows up, your computer won’t restart allowing you to note the stop codes necessary to diagnose and repair the machine.
What to do with the BSoD info?
We got the diagnose info, now what? The first thing, search for your error on Technet’s Library or for the STOP: code you noted earlier. Ensure that what you find match your scenario, as there could be multiple pages for the same error code. If Technet’s Library doesn’t help you search the error on Google as usually this search system can give you more solutions.