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The final solution for Blue Screen

The final solution for Blue Screen

The final solution for Blue Screen

You're working on an important project, and suddenly your screen is filled with seemingly incoherent white text against a blue background. There's nothing you can do but reboot your PC and hope that everything important was saved to your hard drive.
Microsoft calls these stop errors, but everyone else prefers a more descriptive label: The Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).
They're not as common as they used to be, but BSoDs still happen (I experienced one two days ago as I write this). If you get one, curse, reboot, and hope for the best. But if you're getting them frequently, you've got a problem that needs fixing.
The trick is to find information about your particular BSoD, and then--since that information usually comes in an obtuse form--search the Internet for more practical advice.
What should you look for when the BSoD is in front of you? You'll find useful data immediately below the first paragraph, and under the "Technical information" label near the bottom of the screen. I've highlighted those areas on the image below.Blue Screen

Blue Screen

Since you can't use Windows' Snipping Tool to capture a BSoD screen, you'll need to write down the important information on paper.Blue Screen

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Or you can use a camera or phone to photograph the screen. Just don't expect a great-looking photo--or even an easily readable one. You can also get information on the BSoD after you've rebooted:
If you get a "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" message, you're in luck. Click View problem details for technical information.Blue Screen

Blue Screen
You can also click Check for solution, but don't expect much help there. In my experience, this button rarely does anything.Blue Screen

Blue Screen
You can also get information, after rebooting, via the free and portable program BlueScreenView. This lists all of your recent BSoDs and offers the needed info.Blue Screen

Blue Screen
However you get the info, intelligent use of a search engine can probably bring up something useful.
If it doesn't, here are some other tests you might try:
  • Check the health of your RAM with Memtest86+.
  • Update your drivers with SlimDrivers.
  • Diagnose your hard drive with HD Tune.


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