The BSOD (also known as Blue Screen of Death) is used for the error screen displayed by some operating systems, after encountering a critical system error which can cause the system to shut down to prevent damage. This is a common error that occurs whenever Windows senses a software, hardware, or driver error preventing it from operating properly, or more properly the ‘Windows stop message’ occurs when Windows detects a problem or error from which it cannot recover.
The operating system halts and diagnostic information is displayed on a blue screen. Lets see the causes and solution for this error.
They can be caused by physical faults such as faulty memory, power supplies, overheating of computer components, or hardware running beyond it’s specification limits, adding new hardware not compatible with the hardware specification, installing some drivers, some application software’s etc. The operating system halts all operations and it displays diagnostic information on the blue screen, these error codes can help in the diagnosis so it is a good idea to write down the error code whenever they show up.
Why it Happens?
- Any new Hardware not properly installed
- A bad driver that malfunctions
- Random Access Memory is faulty
- Registry Errors
- Attempting to write in read only memory
- Bad physical memory. Faulty RAM will cause blue screens.
- Corrupt DLLs (dynamic linked libraries)
- Any software application restricting memory access of other applications i.e. Antivirus etc
In terms of how to fix the Blue Screen of Death, there is no simple answer to that. Sometimes this problem will go away with a simple reboot and you may never see the blue screen again.
But here are the steps you can follow to prevent more blue screen error:
- If you have added any new hardware devices or peripherals to your system recently, power off the computer and remove them, then attempt to boot again normally.
- Over time, the registry of your windows gets cluttered with tons of information. Try fixing errors in yours system registry. Errors fixed in your registry can also prevent Blue screen error crashes.
- Another possibility is some new software installation result in malicious state of your operating system. Sometimes, there is a conflict in drivers installed on your computer that causes the blue screen error to pop up. Uninstall any programs that you had installed recently. And restart your computer in a normal mode.
- When the Random Access Memory is faulty, the PC stops functioning every time that area of the RAM is accessed by the CPU. This causes your PC to halt almost at Random. A simple process of elimination is just to replace the RAM and check whether it works.
- If nothing result try system restore utility. When running your system in safe mode, you can still access all the recent restore points created by the system restore utility. Run your system from the last known ‘good configuration’. On the other hand, if you know a recent software installation is the cause, then restore to the point created at that date.
I hope these steps will prove beneficial to you in solving your blue screen errors.
You can comment your questions if the problem is not solved by following the given steps.