If you have been Windows users for years, at some point you’ve came across an error called “blue screens of death” also known as BSOD, commonly “blue screen of Windows,” and it is displayed by a Windows pc when there is a serious problem in the system. Although it may seem the ultimate end of your computer, in this article we explain a simple procedure that, in most cases, will save you from ending here with the life of your PC.
The first thing we must do when we encounter a problem of this type is to save the information stored on our computer. To do this, we can take the hard drive or solid state memory, extract it and copy the personal files to another computer temporarily. Now, we can not forget to return the storage medium to its original site, otherwise we will not solve anything.
The first thing to do when the blue screen appears is to turn it off, then proceed with the Windows startup restore. With this procedure you will not lose your files, but the Windows assistant will try to repair the boot files that may be damaged. To do this, we have to access the advanced startup options (F8). If you think the problem may be caused by a virus, choose “safe mode” option right away.
This will re-boot your computer in the Advanced screen, where you will be presented with one or more option to choose from. Go on ahead and choose the advanced boot options by pressing the down arrow until “Safe Mode with Networking” appears and press enter.
Take a closer look on the screen, you will see each installed driver displayed as each loaded individually into memory. Many times you can see the display for a few moments in some of the .sys files. Takes note of the last file you were trying to load before it failed and do a search on Google to determine which driver is failing. Try after reinstalling the driver.
If there are no problems with drivers then determines if any hardware conflict in the Control Panel, clicking System and then Device Manager. If you see a next to a yellow accent controller means there is a conflict between devices. If you go to the icon you will see where the conflict is taking place. If you have not left any conflict you can move to the next step: The system scan.
While in safe mode with networking, run all your spyware and antivirus programs. It is the best time to do so. But to clean and correct problems in the Windows registry quickly and effectively, we recommend Little Registry Cleaner, a completely free program that allows us to objectively clean the registry. We can choose what we want to analyze areas of registration, besides being able to get a backup of the elements and issues discussed, and when in doubt, we can restore this registry. You can download it here.
At this point if everything seems not to work, do not despair, there are a few tricks you can tried.
Restart the computer again and press the F8 key again. This time, instead of booting in safe mode, select “Last Known Good Configuration”. This will restart Windows using the last settings prior to the onset of problems.
Last but not least, always have the option to do a system restore. We just have to go to Control Panel, System and Security, backup and restore, and will need to select “Recover system settings for your computer.”
Select a valid restore point from the list and follow the instructions. Usually, doing a system restore to a date where the team was working well resolve the blue screen error.
Finally, if after restoring it does not seem to solve the problem, we could be facing a bad hard drive. Have you ever experienced the problem of blue screen ?
Although it is recommended to do it with all the hardware components, it is most possible that you do not have “extra components” to do this test. In any case, it can be simplified by disconnecting all external devices. Once you have removed the mouse, the webcam, the printer and others, leave it only with the keyboard and monitor. If the blue screen keeps coming out, the problem is not with your peripherals. But, if you have managed to make it disappear, try testing inserting a component for each system boot until the blue screen appears. When it appears, you will know that the last installed component is the one that is causing problems.
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