What Is Bluescreen Of Death?

The Blue Screen of Death which is abbreviated as BSOD is a serious crash of the system. It is one of the sights which a computer user never wants to see. BSODs appear when Microsoft Windows encounters a serious error, from which it can’t recover, resulting in loss of work.
Whenever BSOD occurs, the system automatically stops with a dark blue screen (till Windows 7) containing various instructions. That blue screen remains for few seconds and then the system reboots itself.
Blue Screen Of Death error window

What are the Reasons for BSOD?

There can be several reasons for BSOD, depending on your system configuration and operating system installed. However, some common reasons for Blue Screen Of Death are as follows:

  1. Defective hardware
  2. Driver conflicts
  3. Corrupt/incompatible drivers
  4. Missing or corrupt Windows files

Generally, Blue Screen of Death is either caused due to a faulty hardware or corrupt drivers. However, sometimes incompatible software also leads to the system crash or BSOD. You need to dive in deep to know the exact reason for the crash.

How to Determine the cause of BSOD?

As there are various reasons for BSOD, similarly there are various ways which can determine the cause of BSOD. One can find the information regarding BSOD by searching for the error on that blue screen which appears just after a system crash. The STOP error can be found just at the end of page below Technical Information, however, this information remains for few seconds, therefore the better way is to locate for MiniDump folder. This dump folder is automatically created at the time of system failure and contains all the information regarding the crash. You can locate the minidump folder by following the steps below:

  • Click on Start menu button and click on Run option.
  •  Here, copy and paste the following path in the Run field and press OK:

C:\windows\minidump (where C:\ is your default system drive).

  • In the Minidump folder, you can find the crash file.

Now what you all need is a software which can read that minidump file, and helps you in finding the exact reason for the system crash.
Apart from this, when Windows restart after the crash, a dialogue box appears, “Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown”
Dialogue box- Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown
You can click on view problem details, to know the reason for BSOD.

What to do when BSOD occurs?

Actually, you cannot do much when you face BSOD. However, if your system does not start after a BSOD, then try to boot your system in safe mode and perform a System Restore to undo all the recent system changes.
If you find that BSOD is caused by some software, then either reinstall the software or get in touch with the developer for better support.
In case, if the BSOD is caused by some faulty hardware, then immediately change that hardware.

How to prevent BSOD?

It is strictly recommended to have an updated anti-virus on your system. Also, scan your system regularly as some viruses also result in BSOD.
Also, keep your drivers updated for all the hardware installed on your system. You can update your drivers by any of the driver updating software available in the market.
Though BSOD is one of the most undesirable situations, which anyone can face. However, updated drivers, updated anti-virus, and anti-malware can help in minimizing the risks of BSOD.

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