How To Recover From Blue Screen Of Death on Windows

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Windows users are familiar with the dreaded “blue screen of death”, a screen displayed by windows which virtually doesn’t provide much useful information. I have recently faced with one. Here are few steps which can help you out of this sticky situation. This is probably not for newbies.

First of all it never hurts to have backups (easy to say).

Most of the time you get BSD because you have just installed a new software / driver. It could be also be because you have changed the hardware like Motherboard and the existing software doesn’t work well with your new hardware. In my case I changed my Vega Motherboard (Main Board) with Asrock.


Your first line of defense is to boot with last known good configuration (normally F7 while booting gets you to this screen where you can choose). Many times that is all you need.

If that does not work then you need to identify the offending software. First try to reboot in safe mode with networking enabled. Networking is good because you can look up some details on internet. If that works then skip the next step and continue reading.

If safe boot with networking doesn’t work then you need to reboot in safe mode. Then open the event viewer (normally under Administrative tools) and look for any events with error (red symbol). Often you will get more than one of such alerts. That usually means dependent services failed when one (or more) core services failed. Go through all the errors and try to find the first service which failed. Normally you will find either a service which you can associate with a software or at least a file (like a sys file) which is associated with the failure. Search in internet for the file to find which software it is associated with.

Uninstall the offending software.

Reboot and pray (optional).


If the BSD is occassional then your memory may also be the culprit. Try changing the memory to see if it resolves the problem.

Footnote: One thing I have learned for certain about Windows Operating system is that nothing is certain. It ain’t Solaris.

Please don’t use the comments section for support. I am pretty sure I cannot provide support to your very individual needs. Use the above as a guideline. If that doesn’t work then you can always seek the help of a professional.


El Buho
September 26, 2009: 7:07 pm

sorry to hear that Zabrynarr, that’s why a good backup on a separate HDD is always a plus.
BSD have is like PSM for comp users, beacause it brings the worst out him.

March 3, 2009: 1:10 am

I’m kinda a fan of BSD. I got it on my old comp, it was so frequent in the end, windows loaded for 2 seconds, then I got BSD. I’m alright though. Dad just bought me a brand new PC with better hardware&more storage space. But I lost all my music and pics XD And then someone got rid of my old comp so I can’t get it back :P

December 27, 2008: 11:29 am

I have used this utility many times to recover or repair BSOD:

To use it you should be able to boot in safe mode.

bboy cero
June 5, 2008: 10:27 am

i hate the BSD, it has showed to me for serveal times, and I’m not crazy to crash windows and get up with linux, so c’mon, maybe some ideas won’t hurt me…

October 17, 2006: 12:23 pm

Yeah but Linux dies with a simple power outage!

Oh yeah, what can compare the sinking feeling of a BSD?

October 17, 2006: 10:27 am

Oh, but you can always have that beaaaaaatiful kernel panic :)

March 22, 2006: 2:38 am

The best way to avoid BSD’s is to use Linux or Mac OS X where this problem is unknown:-)

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