Understanding the Blue Screen of Death

Understanding The Blue Screen Of Death

Want to know what the term BSOD is? in this article AJR explain, Understanding the Blue Screen of Death. Have you ever been working on your computer when, all of a sudden, the entire screen turns blue? Officially known by Microsoft as a Stop Error, this tragic occurrence has earned the nickname Blue Screen of Death. In fact, this infamous screen is one of the worst problems a Windows user can face. So what exactly is the Blue Screen of Death?

The Blue Screen of Death is a Microsoft Windows error screen. It appears when Windows crashes or locks up. While the appearance of the screen may cause users to panic, it actually has a benevolent purpose. The first thing the screen is designed to do is to prevent whatever caused the crash from doing more damage. After protecting your computer, the screen provides vital information on what caused the problem in the first place.

Understanding the Blue Screen of Death

The Blue Screen of Death can be caused by a number of issues. Some of the most common include hardware failure, bad drivers, corrupt registries, high temperature and viruses. The first recommended course of action after seeing a Blue Screen of Death is to reboot your computer and cross your fingers. If you computer starts as normal, then you have escaped potential damage. However, if the screen reappears, then it is time to call on your Technology Advisor, because something could be seriously wrong with your computer. Your Tech Advisor will be able to determine whether it’s a piece of hardware that can be replaced, a software problem that can be fixed, or a virus that can be removed. He or she can also advise you about whether the cost of fixing the problem is more than your computer is worth.

If you experience a Blue Screen of Death, it is important to write down some vital information. This information will help your Tech Advisor determine whether the computer is fixable and which action to take next. Here are two things to look for.

  • The Error Code: It’s typically displayed in all caps with an underscore symbol (_) between each word.
  • The Stop Code: Usually a long set of numbers with even more numbers separated by commas in parenthesis.

Understanding the Blue Screen of Death

It is very important that you write down these two codes before restarting the computer. Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot of time to write down this information before your computer dumps its memory and your screen goes blank.

Luckily, Microsoft has improved its software with Windows 7 and 8, and the Blue Screen of Death appears less frequently. However, it does still happen, and when it does, we want to hear about it!

Andrew Marriott
Owner & Founder at AJR Solutions
I am a technical & creative guy who loves technology. From a very young age, I have had a passion for technology, website / graphic design and photography. I work hard & play harder, I’m driven and full of enthusiasm with a passion to help others. Technology, digital design, web development & creative photography are areas I am really passionate about.

In the past i have worked for a leading IT Solutions & Managed service provider in Rotherham dealing with a range of IT platforms, such as - on site field engineering and remote support, dealing with all types of servers such as Virtual & Physical, Hyper–V, VMware, Windows server 2012 R2, SBS - Small Business Server 2008 2011, SQL, Terminal, Exchange, Active Directory, Group Policy, TCP, IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, RDP, hybrid & cloud, Office 365 and managed security solutions such as Antivirus and Spam filtering.

Prior to this, I worked for Wickersley School & Sports College as the Lead IT & Network Technician and also supporting local primary schools with IT Support and engineering visits & Project Management, while also running my own company AJR Solutions, providing IT & Creative Solutions.

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