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What is a BSOD


Officially called a "Stop error," BSOD stands for "Blue Screen of Death." These are infamous system errors reported by Microsoft Windows which cause your computer to suddenly stop working and enforce a reboot. They are usually among the worst errors that you can expect from a computer. In the worst case scenarios, they can indicate a hardware failure caused by damaged components. In other cases, they can be caused by corrupted system files or faulty drivers. If you see a BSOD, you should try to deal with the problem as soon as possible. If it happens multiple times and you're not sure what exactly is causing the problem, then it may be time to take your computer into a service centre and get it looked at by a professional.

BSODs can be a lot more helpful than the computer simply freezing up and providing no indication as to what the problem is. Not only do they offer useful technical information; they also help to prevent further damage to your computer. When Windows encounters a critical error and brings up the blue screen, it does so to save a report on the problem and dump the contents of the system memory to disk, the idea being to assist troubleshooting and prevent data loss.

Unfortunately, the BSOD often flashes on and off the screen so briefly that you don't have any chance to read the report before the computer restarts. You can, however, read the report from the System section of the Event Viewer, provided you can still start up the computer again. If the BSOD happens at system start-up, disallowing you access to your computer, you can attempt to access Safe Mode. This will attempt to start Windows with a minimal set of features and drivers activated, helping you to eliminate problems through trial and error. Safe Mode is accessible by pressing F8 before your computer starts up.

Windows 8, due to be released in late 2012, provides a far more user-friendly BSOD displaying a "sad smiley" emoticon followed by an error code which you can search for online to learn more about.

 

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