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Blue Screen of Death

 

The Blue Screen of Death (also known as a stop error, BSoD, bluescreen, or Blue Screen of Doom) is a colloquialism used for the error screen displayed by some operating systems, most notably Microsoft Windows, after encountering a critical system error that can cause the system to shut down to prevent irreversible damage to the system's integrity. It serves to present information for diagnostic purposes that was collected as the operating system issued a bug check.

If so configured, the system will dump all of its memory to a file on disk. Data in memory would then be lost but in some circumstances it could be retrievable from the dump file, a process that must be carried out by a trained PC technician.

 

The text on the Blue Screen of Death lists the files involved in the crash including any drivers that may have been at fault and a short, usually cryptic, description of what to do about the problem.

Most importantly, the BSOD includes a STOP code that can be used to troubleshoot this specific STOP error. I keep a complete list of STOP codes that you can reference for more information.

Please click on the link below to get access to these codes:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsb/g/bsodbluescreen.htm

 

In Some cases Windows will not restart and will keep looping around trying to load Windows and the reboots. If that is the case and it does not start in safe mode nor last known good configuration then most likely the pc will require a rebuild.

 
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