What to do when you see the blue screen of death (BSOD)?

What to do when you see the blue screen of death (BSOD)

You’re working on your computer and all of a sudden, the screen goes blue. You panic. What do you do? The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) can be a scary sight. But don’t worry – we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll show you how to fix the BSOD. Read on to learn more.

First, don’t panic! The BSOD is scary, but it doesn’t mean that your computer is dead. It’s just a problem that needs to be fixed.

What is the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)?

BSOD is the popular name given to the Windows stop error screen. BSOD errors are usually caused by hardware or driver issues, but can also be caused by software problems. BSODs can be caused by a variety of hardware and software issues, but most BSODs are the result of issues with drivers or other low-level software. BSODs can occur when new hardware is installed when new software is installed, or when existing hardware or software is updated. BSODs can also occur when there are problems with the way that Windows loads or runs. BSODs can be difficult to troubleshoot because they can be caused by a wide variety of hardware and software issues. However, BSODs are often the result of driver issues, so updating drivers is often the first step in troubleshooting a BSOD issue. BSOD errors can be frustrating, but they are often easy to resolve if you take the time to troubleshoot the issue.

Some common examples of BSOD errors are: Video TDR Failure, Inaccessible Boot Device Error, Memory Managment Error , Bad System Config Info Error and System Thread Exception Not Handled Error

The BSOD contains important information about the error, including the time and date of the crash, as well as a list of any programs that were running at the time. In some cases, BSOD errors can be prevented by updating your drivers or making sure that your computer is properly configured. BSOD errors can also be caused by viruses and other malware, so it’s important to run a security scan if you suspect that your computer may be infected. If you see the BSOD, it’s important to write down as much information as possible so that you can troubleshoot the problem. BSOD errors can be frustrating, but with a little bit of patience and effort, they can often be resolved.

What to do when you see the BSOD?

Restart your computer

When your computer starts having issues, it can be tempting to just ignore the problem and hope that it goes away on its own. However, in many cases, the best course of action is to simply restart your computer. This can help to resolve a variety of issues, including a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). BSODs are often caused by hardware or software problems, and restarting your computer can help to reset these components and clear any errors. In addition, restarting your computer can help to clear your RAM and refresh your system, which can improve overall performance. So if you’re experiencing any issues with your computer, don’t hesitate to give restarting a try. It just might do the trick.

Uninstall incompatible software

For your computer to run smoothly, it is important to only have software installed that is compatible with your system. If you try to run incompatible software, you may experience a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). To avoid this, always check that the software you are installing is compatible with your system before proceeding. If you’re not sure, contact the software manufacturer or your computer manufacturer for assistance. Once you have verified compatibility, go ahead and uninstall any incompatible software that is currently installed on your system. This will help to ensure that your computer runs smoothly and without issue.

If you continue to experience BSODs, it may be necessary to contact a pc technical support specialist for further assistance.

Test your RAM / memory

If you’re experiencing BSODs, the first thing you should do is run a memory checker. This will help to identify any problems with your RAM or other memory components. There are several free memory checkers available online, so be sure to choose one that’s compatible with your operating system. Once you’ve run the memory checker, be sure to restart your computer and see if the BSODs persist.

Run chkdisk and SFC commands

When it comes to computers, few things are more frustrating than a hard drive error. Not only can these errors cause data loss, but they can also lead to system crashes and other serious problems. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can take to check for hard drive errors and fix them if necessary. One of the most effective tools is the sfc scannow command, which scans your hard drive for corrupt files and replaces them with healthy copies. Alternatively, you can use the chkdisk command to check for bad sectors on your hard drive and repair them if necessary.

Remove non-essential hardware

Many computer users don’t realize that their systems are loaded with non-essential hardware that can cause BSOD errors. Most of this hardware is not needed for the normal operation of the system and can be safely removed. To remove non-essential hardware, you’ll need to access the Device Manager. This can be done by opening the Control Panel and selecting “System”. Once in the System Properties window, select the “Hardware” tab and then click on the “Device Manager” button. In the Device Manager, you’ll see a list of all the hardware installed on your system. To remove a piece of hardware, simply right-click on it and select “Uninstall”. You may be prompted to reboot your system after uninstalling a piece of hardware.

Do a fresh install of Windows

One of the most common questions we get asked at the Help Desk is how to do a fresh install of Windows. This is usually necessary when a computer is having major issues, like BSODs (Blue Screens of Death). BSODs are typically caused by hardware or software issues, and a fresh install of Windows can help to resolve these issues. Of course, before you do a fresh install, you’ll want to back up your data. Once you’ve done that, you can follow these steps:

1. Boot from your Windows installation media.

2. Select the language, time, currency format, and keyboard or input method you want to use during installation.

3. On the “Install Windows” page, select “Customize settings” (if you’re signed in with a Microsoft account, you may need to select “I don’t have a product key” first).

4. In the “System Preparation” section, choose “Create new partitions.” You should create one partition for your Windows operating system and another for your data.

5. On the “Where do you want to install Windows?” page, select the partition you created for your Windows operating system, and then select “Format.”


Hope the above steps will help resolve BSODs. Remember, if you can’t resolve your issue, our computer geeks are just a phone call away!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...