How to Fix a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

If you ask a Windows PC user what are some of the worst things about Windows, they will tell you many tales of the Blue Screen of Death. Also known as BSOD, this is a fatal error or STOP error shown on Windows OS when something goes wrong badly. This will appear if Windows decides to stop working in order to not worsen the problem. As its name, the error will usually be displayed with a blue coloured background and the text in white. If you’re wondering how to fix a Blue Screen of Death, then you’ve come to the right page.

There are plenty of ways to fix a Blue Screen of Death, but the first thing to do is to find out why it appeared in the first place. Most of the time, the BSOD error will appear if a hardware on your computer fails. It can also appear if something is wrong with a hardware driver. BSOD will also provide you with the error code and a few other details telling you the cause of the screen. This code can be used to find out what the problem is and you can fix it.

Sometimes, the Blue Screen of Death will appear and before you have time to read the stop code, it will disappear. In this case, you have to disable the Automatic restart feature in the BIOS that is enabled to kick in if the system can’t start properly. We have listed down some of the methods on how to fix a Blue Screen of Death. You can use these methods to figure out what’s wrong and hopefully get things back to normal.

Fix a Blue Screen of Death

We must tell you that some of the methods may involve starting the Windows PC in Safe Mode. However, if the Blue Screen appears before booting, then this will not work. The methods below will work for most Windows OS versions from Windows XP to Windows 10.

Use System Restore or Last Known Good Configuration

You may want to start your system with the Last Known Good Configuration option when you restart. This option appears in the boot screen and can load up the best configuration where you didn’t face the Blue Screen. This will restore and changes that were recently made to drivers, registry, and other system settings.

If that doesn’t work, then try using System Restore to perform the same task. If you have access to desktop, then you can try to uninstall the driver that was recently installed.

Check for Space on Windows drive

If you’re running low on system space on the main driver where Windows is installed, then you may face the Blue Screen of Death. Clean up the drive and check if it fixes the problem. It is recommended that you keep at least 100MB of free storage in the main drive, however, it is best to keep more than that free on the drive.

Scan for Viruses

Download an anti-virus program and scan the hard drive for any errors or virus. If the virus affects the MBR or master boot record for Windows, then your PC will not boot or it will show the Blue Screen of Death.

Update Drivers and install Windows updates

Try to install the latest drivers for all the hardware on your PC and also install all available Windows updates. As mentioned earlier, most BSOD errors are hardware related, so it’s best to check for faults by installing/uninstalling the latest driver.

Change Settings to Default

In Device Manager, you can try to return all the hardware settings to default and see if that fixes the problem. Sometimes, a particular hardware could be root cause for the BSOD. In this case, using the default settings for the hardware can fix the issue.

Check hardware

If you can access all the hardware components of your Windows PC such as the RAM, cables, graphics card, etc, then you may want to try to remove them and then fix them back to see if that solves the issue. Also check that the cables are fastened and seated properly in their slots. You can also perform a software test on the memory and the hard drivers to see if that’s where the problem lies. If something is failing, then that would definitely cause Windows to show the Blue Screen of Death. If you find issues with the RAM modules, hard drives, or any other connected hardware, then try and replace it to see if the problem is gone.

Change BIOS to default settings

If you’ve made changes to the BIOS or have installed a new version, then you should try and roll back all the changes. If the CPU or memory has been overclocked, or you’ve changed the voltage settings, then that could also cause a BSOD to appear. You can also try and update your BIOS to see if it fixes the problem.

Turn PC on with required hardware

You can try and narrow down the problem by starting your PC with only the required hardware. If the PC starts properly, then the problem is with the hardware that wasn’t connected. For example, you can start the PC with just the main hard drive, keyboard, GPU if you’re using one, and the monitor. The motherboard, RAM, CPU are already the main hardware and you cannot really start it without these.

If you’ve disconnected the mouse and the error doesn’t appear, then the problem is with the mouse. If you’ve disconnected the GPU and are using the inbuilt graphics, then your GPU is failing. If the secondary hard drive is disconnected and the system starts, then the problem is with the drive.

Replace the problematic hardware with a new one and check if the BSOD error reappears.

Check Software

If all the hardware turn out to be fine, then the issue must be software related. As mentioned earlier, resetting default configurations, setting the device manager to default and uninstalling/reinstalling drivers may help with the problem. It is also possible that a recently installed software can be causing the Blue Screen of Death. If you installed a new software or program on your Windows PC, then try to uninstall it and see if it works. You can also download the latest version of the software to see if that fixes the issue. Try reinstalling the software or install a different one to see if your problems disappear.

There you are. Some of the best methods to fix a Blue Screen of Death error on your Windows PC. We hope this helped you fix the problem.


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