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BSOD Screen Saver - A Network Admins Best friend

Updated on September 17, 2012

Blue Screen of Death, a.k.a. "BSOD".

If you've been on a Windows PC long enough you've experienced this once or twice. Well let me let you in on a little secret, If you work on PC's, the BSOD screensaver can be your best friend. Let me explain.

First of All, all you need is a good screen shot of a real BSOD. Then, simply drop that sucker into a specific PC's directory of choice and set as the screen saver.

TIP -- you may want to change the timing of the Windows Screen Saver depending on your needs.

Just what kind of real world applications does this have? Well, here are some choice examples.

At Work

Sometimes your network is running well, .... a little TOO well. They need to know that you are needed, right? Drop that sucker into the bosses PC on a slow friday afternoon...For example:

Phone Rings, it my boss (surprise, surprise) "Jeff, I need you to get in my office right away, i got that %$^% Blue Screen Again, you told me not to touch anything If I ever saw this screen"

"Really?Weird.Wow.Hmmmmm"......"I hope it's not your flux capacitor", "you better go ahead and take the afternoon off, I'm going to need your PC"

"This might take me ALL weekend, but I PROMISE, I'll have that sucker right by Monday AM"

EX Girlfriend

Rekindle past relationships. For Example:

Phone Rings, it's my EX Girlfriend (surprise,surprise). "Jeff, I'm sorry to have to call you, but I have that Blue screen again"..."It's the third time this week and I didn't know who else to call"

"Really?Weird.Wow.Hmmmmm"...."I'll come over right away"

"By the way, have you had dinner yet?, I'll bring some wine over while I'm at it"


Sometimes it gets a little tight at the end of the month, and ya gotta get creative, For Example:

Phone rings, it's my roomate (surprise,surprise) "Jeff, My laptop is acting up again, I got another Blue Screen....not sure what it means"

"Really?Weird.Wow.Hmmmmm"........"Honestly, If it were me, I would go ahead and format that sucker, could be a virus"

"It'll take me a few hours, but, tell ya what, you go ahead and pay the cable bill this month and we'll call it even"

A Quick How Too

  1. Windows 7, Right Click, "Personalize", select Screen Saver
  2. Under the drop down, choose "Photos" as the option
  3. Browse to a New Directory, that contains ONLY the BSOD image(s)
  4. Click Preview to make sure ya got it
  5. Adjust timing accordingly
  6. Screen Shots Below


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    • Mazzy Bolero profile image

      Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

      What a twisted mind you have, howlermunkey - but brilliant! If only I had known about this in my last job. There is someone I would have loved to have done this to :)

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks Mazzy! I actually had to put this on my home PC last night to retest (been a while)... I swear like 3 times out of the corner of my eye I saw the BSOD and paused for a sec , Karma I suppose lol. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe funny hub! At first I expected a serious read and then realized... nope not today! Vote up and sharing too :)

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Ha! Thanks Christy :), well "serious" depends on perspective lol. Sure I joke, but, on a Friday afternoon when I want to get out of the office, this might actually have some use :)

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      This is too freaking funny! I love it!

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks followthestray :), funny and useful --- *note to boss who sometime reads my hubs -- kidding kidding, its all for the sake of the hub, don't even know how I came up with that idea, think I read about it somewhere, well, I'm off to the jacks!

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