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The Blue Screen of Death

Most of us at one time or another have encontered the frightening blue screen of death. But many people have asked 'what is the blue screen of death', and 'can the blue screen of death harm my computer'.

blue screen of death - pc error repairThe Blue Screen of Death (BSOD, bluescreen, or stop error) is an error screen displayed by certain operating systems, most notably Microsoft Windows, after encountering a critical system error. Bluescreens can be caused by poorly written device drivers, faulty memory, a corrupt Registry, or incompatible DLLs.

Bluescreens have been present in all Windows-based operating systems since Windows 3.1; OS/2 and MS-DOS suffered the Black Screen of Death, and early builds of Windows Vista displayed the Red Screen of Death after a boot loader error.

The Red Screen of Death is a nickname for the error message which existed in some beta versions of Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Vista. It was dropped in Beta 1 (Build 5112) of Windows Vista for all errors except boot loader errors. It can also be found (but rarely) in versions of Microsoft's Windows 98 operating system.

If you do get a blue screen of death you should always write down the errors displayed on the screen before you reboot your machine, this will give you some information on what the error exactly was.

If your blue screen of death experiences start after installing new hardware and/or software there is a good chance the new stuff is at fault. Just uninstall or reinstall following the directions this time and the problem should be gone.

If the problem persists, you can use third party repair software that will eliminate these errors and return your PC to normal. In some cases they can increase PC performance. You can download a free repair tool here