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How to Prank your friends with a fake Blue Screen Of Death.

Updated on April 18, 2013

The Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD or Blue Screen Error) is the blue error screen displayed by the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems upon encountering a critical error, of a non-recoverable nature, that causes the system to crash.

Many have suffered at the demise of this fatal error and one can arguably say it is one of the most dreadful experiences one can have as a computer user.

In this hub, I will guide you through a step by step procedure on how to create a fake blue screen of death and prank your friends with it. Please note that it is absolutely harmless to your computer and only for recreational purposes.


  1. A Desktop computer or Laptop with Windows installed
  2. Internet Connection, I assume by the time you are reading this you already have one..
  3. A web browser i.e what you are using to view this article right now; preferrably Google Chrome or Firefox.

I have tried to make this tutorial as simple as possible and hope the steps i have outlined below are clear enough. Please follow them carefully.


Step 1: Open your web browser and go to

[Edit: The above link is no longer active; sorry folks]

[Edit: Hooray! You can now go here to find the app.]

Step 2: Select your Operating System.

Step 3: Choose your Computer type.

Step 4: Choose the type of Browser that you are using. Preferrably Chrome or Firefox.

Step 5: Click the Start Prank button

Step 6: Switch the current browser window to fullscreen mode by pressing F11.

Step 7: Press ALT + TAB to switch windows without exiting the fullscreen in the browser.

Step 8: Now that you are on another window, switch back to the browser window by pressing ALT + TAB again.

Switching back to the browser window will trigger the prank and bring about the Blue Screen Of Death.



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      Student678 3 years ago

      Here's another method that works with operating systems that let you terminate processes. If you can skip Step 1, you can do this without internet or administraitor permissions.

      1. Get and save a picture of the BSoD that's related to the operating system you have so for example, if you use Windows XP, you use the one saying "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down..." etc. (EXCEPTION: If you have already saved a picture of the BSoD, you can skip this step.)

      2. Set the BSoD as your desktop background.

      3. Open Task Manager, the quickest way to do this is CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.

      4. Go into Processes, then find explorer.exe, right-click it and select "End Process" and you will be asked about terminating the process but just click OK. Quit Task Manager and hide the cursor in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Enjoy your BSoD!

      5. If you want to get rid of it, open up Task Manager, open Tasks, select New Task, tpye in "explorer.exe" without the quotes and press OK.

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      ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

      Do this on the friend who fools around on his woman: Fake cell phone tracker online.

      hehehehehe: Worked great on this one guy, he kept saying "oh no.." with greater and great stress.