This comprehensive guide covers several ways to fix the Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).
Also known as stop errors, Blue Screens (BSOD) happen for a variety of reasons. Hardware (and hardware failures), software, malware, updated drivers or a Windows update can cause damage and corruption to system files, resulting in a Blue Screen of Death.
A good first step is to screen capture or write down the error codes. Often a search will uncover an issue, but if that doesn’t work, there are other steps to resolve the issue.
Technorms has an extensive list of what to do to when a Blue Screen of Death appears, for when Windows is booting normally or not. Sometimes a search will find an easy solution, but if it doesn’t, take a look at the article to go step by step to solve the issue.
The top 20 ways that can fix a Blue Screen of Death are listed here, you'll find complete directions for each item at the article.
1. Unplug Unwanted Hardware
2. Check Computer’s Overheating Problem
3. Use SFC Utility
Scenario 1: When Windows Boot Normally
4. Disable Automatic Restart
5. Check for Windows Update
6. Update the Drivers
7. Uninstall Recent Applications/Software
8. Download Upgrade File
9. Roll Back Drivers
10. Remove Recent Windows Update
11. Scan for Virus
12. Check Device Performance and Health
13. Clean Disk Space
14. Run Memory Diagnostics
15. Check Logs in Event Viewer
16. Use Fresh Start
Scenario 2: When Windows Do Not Boot Normally
17. Boot the PC in Safe Mode
18. Use System Image Recovery
19. System Restore
20. Reinstall Windows
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