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Blue Screen of Death

Updated on April 1, 2017

Are you getting a blue screen with lots of white writing every time you boot up your computer? Can’t access your computer? Then you have gotten the dreaded blue screen of death. If that is the case then I’ll cut right to the chase.

How to fix the blue screen of death

To start, the blue screen of death appears when Microsoft Windows (the operating system) runs into a fatal problem, making it unsafe to boot up the computer. Windows will also automatically reboot when a blue screen of death appears. If your computer is continually restarting on its own you most likely have the BSOD.

The first step is identifying why you are getting the blue screen of death.

Boot into Safe Mode: In safe mode Windows loads only what's necessary to start your computer. Booting into safe mode will allow you to access your computers operating system and begin diagnosing what is causing your computer to blue screen. Note: In safe mode you won’t be able to access many files.

Use System Restore: Using system restore will allow you to roll the computer's software back to a previous state. If you stop getting the blue screen of death after doing this then you had a software problem.

Scan for Viruses: Often times you will get a virus on your computer that will burrow into your computer's operating system making boot up fatal. Scanning for malware should locate the problem. You will need a malware software if you do not have one. Here are some of the most highly recommended malware scanners. (Get links) Norman Malware Cleaner, Malwarebytes, BitDefender Free Edition.

Update your Drivers: you will want to update your drivers in case of an old driver being incompatible with your computers operating system. You can do this by typing into your search engine, your computer

type

and latest drivers. Ex. Toshiba pic latest drivers. This should bring up your PC’s latest drivers.

If you are still getting the blue screen of death then you have two options:

  • Take your computer to a PC repair shop
  • Reinstall Windows

Warning: reinstalling is a last resort and should only be done if you know how to. If you do not know how or don’t want to risk losing data then have your computer looked at by an expert.

A computer with proper hardware and software shouldn’t blue screen but sometimes hardware and software fails or malfunctions. If you continue blue screening day in and day out you have a serious problem, but if it happens every year or so you don’t need to worry.

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