How to: 5 Ways to Fix Blue Screen of Death in Windows Vista

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Friday, December 26, 2008

If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me.

No I am not here to remind you of an old saying of Bible. But if you are a Windows user, aren’t you afraid of the blue screen of death? One fine morning, this unreasonable blue screen comes from nowhere and utters some incomprehensible language. You cry for mercy and nothing happens. So, don’t panic. I am the Godsent here, lol. Just let me explain 5 different ways with which you can get rid of that annoying problem of Windows.

1. Did You Install Any New Software/ Hardware Lately?

Are you getting the blue screen of death in a fairly new computer? Did you install a new software or a hardware lately? If you did then that could be causing your blue screen error as it may be incompatible with Vista. If you installed any new hardware (printer, video card, anything), remove it and reboot.

If it is a software, try booting in safemode and uninstalling the software.

2. Are you Sure that there is no Software Conflict?

I had a case where I installed ZoneAlarm Pro Personal Firewall and McAfee Anti-virus software and the system was getting a frequent BSD. After much time spent on the troubleshooting I realized the problem was on the anti-virus - firewall conflict. So I decided to uninstall one and the computer started running well.

3. Did You Use ‘Repair Your Windows’

Another option, put the Vista DVD in the drive, boot to it (might have to go into the BIOS to set the boot sequence to CD/DVD drive) and then instead of letting the the DVD install, click on “Repair Your Computer” (I think it’s on the bottom left of the screen).

Click on the the option to run a “Startup Repair” under “System Recovery Options”. Hopefully that will do it.

4. Analyze the Error Message given at Blue Screen of Death

Turn off Automatic restart on fatal error. That way the message will stay on the screen long enough to read the details. If you can do that, see what it is on the blue screen that is causing the issue (in particular the numbers after the STOP message such as 0×000000A1… and the message in Capital letters such as MISSING OR CORRUPT HAL.DLL). Once you get the error message, put it in a google search, look for any results from Microsoft. I hope they have a patch to it.

5. Extract Core Windows Files

The most common reason for a blue screen of death is a malware infection that can infect up to 6 of the core windows system files listed below. If so happens then

  1. Extract the following 6 files from the i386 directory and replace the infected files: (You may also use extract from a Service Pack CD, recovery media, or recovery partition if said media matches the currently installed Service Pack)
    • C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
    • C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    • C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    • C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    • C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    • C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
  2. Reboot

This way, you can get rid of the repeated blue screen of deaths you may face each time you start the computer.

So here are 5 ways to recover from blue screen of death from Windows Vista. Did it help you? write to us.



Blue Screen Error
December 5, 2009: 8:58 am

I would agree with anzig, this post is a little outdated but it is still worth giving it a try. I would just update the drivers and pick up a registry cleaner if you don’t already have one. It’s the safest bet so you are not screwing around with all of those other little details.

Thanks for the post!

August 8, 2009: 11:08 am

5. Extract Core Windows Files


July 3, 2009: 10:46 pm

HELP!!!!!!!!! I just got a new HP computer and I get a BSOD error and the system restarts. It usually occurs when a USB to Serial port device connected to my ham radio system goes into transmit. It doesn’t happen every time, just once in a while. It’s pretty frustrating. I downloaded an antivirus and that doesn’t help. I downloaded SmartRam to see if it is memory related and that helps a little, but it still happens. The machine has Vista and 4GB of RAM. I have scanned the registry etc, but still it happens. Any advice would be appreciated. The machine is brand new. Thanks.

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