So, you’ve hit arguably the scariest screen in computing. The dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD), which occurs when your Windows PC or Laptop has hit a near critical error. The real name of the (BSOD) is a stop error. Computer geeks, like me, will always call stop errors the “Blue Screen of Death”, mainly because it appears on a blue screen and will inevitably delete all your work if you haven’t saved.

The BSOD has more than likely hit, everyone, at least once in the past 20-25 years. It was first introduced to Windows NT 3.1 in 1993, it was implemented to stop a computer’s operating system from working if it reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely

Over the years, Windows have changed the way the BSOD looks. Only 10 years ago would you receive the BSOD and the horrible mess that appears on your screen would make you extremely confused and undoubtedly scared.

Now on the newest version of Windows, the BSOD is small and shows a little sad face with the message ” your PC ran into a problem and now needs to restart.”

BSOD’s now come with a QR code that you can scan on your phone to find additional information about the error. They also include an error code, so if you want to call someone at support, they will know your problem straight away and will be able to give you advice.

A BSOD could be numerous things, they’re generally caused by problems with your PC’s hardware or issues with its driver software. In a very rare case, an app could cause your blue screen of death, however, it’s unlikely.

You can search for your error code on Microsoft’s website. Click here

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