Fix The Blue Screen of Death Error in Windows 8/8.1/10

by Mayank
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The Blue Screen of Death Error in Windows 10 is arguably the most frustrating error on Windows. This is because you get literally no information about why that error has occurred. All you get is a blue screen with a sad face and some random error code such as (0x0000007B, CRITICAL_SYSTEM_PROCESS_DIED) etc. If you got the BSOD error on your PC, there is no need to panic as almost every windows user has probably got this error once or twice on their Windows PC. That is, this error is fairly common.

This guide will help you resolve the infamous Blue Screen of Death Error.
First, here is a brief description of what this error actually means.

What’s a Blue Screen of Death Error

The Blue Screen of Death error (also known as stop error, blue screen) occurs when a fatal system error causes the operating system to fail
to function properly. We may find this error either during startup, during a Windows Update or during active use.This error can occur due to various reasons such as corrupted installation files, Bad upgrade,
outdated drivers or some application that doesn’t hold well with your Operating System. The exact cause of this error is not specific.

REMEMBER THE BLUE SCREEN IS THE INDICATION TO A FATAL ERROR AND NOT THE ERROR ITSELF

How to Fix the Blue Screen of Death Error

As stated above, the BSOD can occur due to various reasons so to help you fix the error fast and effectively, I have divided the solution into 3 different scenarios. Navigate directly to the scenario where your system fits into.

What you need to do first

NOTE: YOU ONLY NEED TO DO THIS IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE DESKTOP.IF YOU CAN’T ACCESS IT,SKIP THIS PART

1. Disable the automatic restart feature on your Windows PC.

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automatic-restart

Why? Because as soon as the blue screen appears, the system restarts by itself. So, we need to disable this feature so that we can note down the error code for future reference.

2. Disconnect all external peripherals connected to your PC.

Why? Sometimes the error is due to the unsupported drivers of these peripherals on your PC.

3. Restart your PC.

Check to see if the error is gone. If the error no longer pops up then there is in fact a problem with your external hardware like printer.

Fix- Connect them again and update the drivers for these devices. 

If the error still persists don’t worry. We’ll fix it. Note down the error code that appears on the bottom of the Blue Screen. It will be something like 0xSomeCode or VIDEO_TDR_TIMEOUT_DETECTED etc. We’ll keep this code for future reference.

Now after you are done with the above steps let’s consider the 3 Scenarios we talked about before.

Scenario 1: You can still
access your Windows Desktop.

Scenario 2: You cannot access
your Windows Desktop.

Scenario 3: You got this error
during a Windows Upgrade.

You can still access your Windows Desktop

If you can still access your
Desktop then consider yourself lucky as the fix may be easy.This
error may be due to outdated drivers or some important updates may be missing from your computer. Also the issue maybe with a recently
installed app or driver.

Follow the below steps to
resolve this error:

  • First, remove all extra apps you have on your PC.uninstall-programs
  • Go to This PC>Properties>Device Manager.device-manager
  • Uninstall the Device Drivers (Display Adapters, Network Adapters).uninstall-drivers
  • Re-Install them from there or from your Manufacturer’s website.
  • Right Click on each driver and click Update>Search Automatically.update-drivers
  • After you’re done, Open Settings>Update & Security>Windows Updates.
  • Click on Check for Updates.check-for-updates
  • If an Update is available, it will start downloading automatically. Let it finish.
  • Restart your computer and check to see if the error is gone.
  • If the error persists then go back to Device Manager and double click on the device drivers. You might see an option called Rollback Driver. Click on it. This will rollback the driver to its previous version.rollback-driver
  • Restart your computer.

You cannot access your Windows Desktop

Although this version of the
Stop Error is quite rare, some users still face it.

When you can’t access the
desktop and the Blue Screen shows up as soon as you initiate the boot
sequence then you have 2 options to fix the error-

  • Using System Restore (NOTE: This step is only useful if you created a restore point on your system before using the System Restore feature).
  • Using Safe Mode

Fix Blue Screen of Death using System Restore

Using this method you will restore the system as it was before you encountered the Stop error.For this you have to enter the Advanced Startup Menu.There are two
ways to enter the Advanced Startup Menu. Use whichever you like.

1st Method:

  • Start your PC.
  • Press the power button once when the Windows logo appears.windows-logo
  • Repeat these steps 2-3 times and you will be greeted with the Advanced
    Startup Menu.

2nd Method:

  • For this method you should have a Windows 8/8.1/10 bootable USB with you.
  • Plug-in the USB drive and start your PC.
  • Press the key shown at start to enter the BIOS/UEFI.
  • Change the boot sequence and set your USB drive as the first boot device.
  • Save and Exit from BIOS and let the PC boot from USB.
  • You will be greeted with the Windows Setup Screen.
  • Select the option “Repair Your Computer” on the bottom left corner.repair-your-computer
  • Click Advanced Startup>Troubleshoot.advanced-startup
  • Click the Advanced Options box.advanced-options
  • Now, Click the System Restore option.system-restore
  • You will be greeted with a dialog box showing up the Restore Point.system-restore-point
  • Click Next and Finish.
  • System will restore to the point and the error will be fixed.

NOTE: If you can’t see the System Restore Point listed then you don’t have a restore point on your Disk Drive. Continue with the Safe Mode method.

Fix Blue Screen of Death using Safe Mode

If you don’t have access to a restore point due to some reasons, then this method will be helpful.

  • Enter the Advanced Startup Menu using the methods mentioned above.
  • Click on Startup Settings.startup-settings
  • Click on Restart.
  • After your computer restarts, press 4 or F4 to enter the Safe Mode.enable-safe-mode
  • Uninstall all the Windows updates that show up in the Programs and Features
    menu.uninstall-windows-updates
  • Uninstall the Device Drivers from the Device Manager.uninstall-device-drivers
  • Reboot and see if the problem is gone.
  • If the problem is gone then don’t install those updates again.

You got this error during a Windows Upgrade

If you got the Blue Screen
during a Windows Upgrade then this may be due to damaged download files or a bad update.

  • Uninstall all the apps from Programs and Features menu.uninstall-programs
  • Click on System. 
  • Click on Storage.
  • Under the section Storage Sense, click on Free up space now.storage-free-up-space
  • Clear the already selected check boxes.
  • Click the box next to Temporary Windows Installation Files.
  • Click Remove Files.remove-temporary-windows-installation-files
  • Update Windows again with a good Internet Connection and wait for the updates to get properly installed.
  • Reboot your computer and check to see if the problem is gone.

The above methods shall fix the Blue Screen of Death error. If the problem still persists then you can always perform a clean install of Windows.

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