How to fix Windows Blue Screen Error
The Blue Screen Error of Death (BSOD) is sometimes meaningfully referred to as a Kernel Panic, occurs when the issue is so serious with your Windows that it must stop working; it can only restart at this point The Blue Screen is displayed when your Windows runs into a STOP error.
What might have caused this problem?
The blue screen errors are a caused mostly because there is some fault with your hardware components, like drives, faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of hardware or them running beyond their limits. It also occurs due to problems in software—while installing or updating, bugs in the kernel space, or rarely due to incompatible DLL files as well.
How bad is it for you?
As said above, this error occurs when your system crashes. Such untimely crashes cause you to lose your data. You cannot go back to where you are supposed to be because the only thing the system can do is restarting.
Random occurrences of this error can prove to be a real headache especially when your computer does not start fine and keeps going into restart. So, though it will take a good amount of your time and be a tedious task to get rid of this error, the sooner you tend to the problem, the better.
How to fix?
Here are the ways that help you fix the blue screen error. Boot in the safe mode into system and follow the below; it is better for a safe boot in blue screen condition. If you cannot do this, try doing the same with only the necessary hardware connected. You can connect one after the other and diagnose which hardware component, if it does, is causing the STOP error.
- Keep your all drivers up to date. Download all the updates versions of your drivers’ software. Since the blue screens are often due to some faults with the hardware, it is possible that your driver software has not been updates in a while. This lead to incompatibility between this software and that of Windows. This is usually seen when the users try to upgrade to Windows 10. This happens because the new software of Windows 10 may not be compatible with the drivers that exist on the system. So, it is always recommended that, both—Windows and drivers be updates with their newest versions.
- Keep your Windows up to date with all the available service packs that you get with the regular updates. The current version of your Windows may not be compatible with one of the drivers. If the problem is with your Windows software and won’t go away even after applying all updates, then you should try reinstalling Windows.
- Update your ROM. ROM has the pre-programmed firmware of the hardware. Sometimes these are permanent and cannot be altered; in fact, they are not devised for a change for the lifetime of the system. In the worst case, you may be needed to replace your hardware.
- Restore your computer to a past time when there had not been any such errors. Doing this can solve the problem, but the disadvantage of losing some of your recent data and applications should be considered. Rolling back your driver to a previous version can help to solve the BSOD as well.
- You can start your computer with the last known good configuration. This undoes any harmful changes that was been made to the Windows Registry or to the drivers.
- Check if your C drive (or the one that has Windows installed on it) has enough free space. If not, I advise to clear up some files or move them to a different drive. The primary memory should be free enough for your operating system to work smoothly.
- First, check if there is any virus on your system. Boot up settings may be in danger due to some viruses and this can be the reason for the blue screen you see. Run an antivirus that can scan your Master Boot Record (MBR). If this is not possible and you happen to see the BSOD even to go this far, you can look up for the help of some Bootable Antivirus Tools.
- If the above steps do not rectify the error, check the Windows logs, Application and Services logs in the Event viewer. This can give you an idea of what the causes for the blue screen error are.
- Check if the hardware settings are set to default in the Device Manager. If not, make them so. Having non-default settings here has caused the blue screen in a number of different cases.
- Set the BIOS to default. If the BIOS is not configured properly or it is over-clocked, it can cause a wide range of issues whose range well includes the blue screens. Also, outdated BIOS can cause this error of some incompatibility due to its time lag. It is best to have the BIOS memory, clock speed (After all, you can play your game well, only if your computer is healthy! Maybe later on, once this issue is solved, you can go back to your desired fast clock.), voltage settings as default.
- Check if all the hardware is properly connected. See that the cables, memory modules and expansion cards are well fixed. Once, remove the connections and seat them back and see if the error persists.
So, with these modifications to your PC, you are hopefully free from all the blue screens of death.
Gulbarga Kaumudi Degekar