BSOD – Blue Screen of Death
This article will hopefully give you help in solving and fixing the dreaded Blue screen of Death error messages that occur in Microsoft Operating systems. The blue screen of death is also known as the windows stop message or bug check error screen.
Why does it occur?
The error can happen for many reasons including, software errors, hardware errors, installation errors and start up errors. The error is normally displayed when something within the computer has caused a problem. It will isolate the problem and display the error screen in order to protect the system from further damage. When it does this it also gives up some information on what might be happening to the system and to give you a clue to how to try and fix the problem.
Understanding a BSOD screen.
The most important information on the error screen is the first section of stop code and the name of the error. In the image below the code is ***STOP: 0x000000D1 and the name is DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. The most important part of the code is the D1. This code references to Microsoft’s Bug check codes. A list of which can be found here with links to more in depth information and solutions relating directly to the specific error message.
General Fixes & solutions
There are a few main things that can be done to solve a blue screen of death.
- Make sure all drivers are updated to the latest version. Often unstable or corrupt drivers can cause the system to produce a bsod.
- Make sure all updates are installed. Use windows update to make sure all the latest patches and critical updates are installed.
- Make sure your computer is clean of all virus’s/spyware and malware. These programs can cause the system to behave in strange ways that can cause errors. For help to do this see this guide.
- Check your hardware. If the bsod seem to happen at random times its possible that your memory modules or hard disk has developed a fault. If they are faulty replacing these items will fix the problem. To check your hardware for errors you can follow this guide.
- Roll Back the system. You may have installed some software or a driver that’s causing the computer to blue screen. You may be able to use system restore to revert the computer to a state when it was working.
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