Blue Screen Error or Blue Screen of Death BSOD errors can be caused by both hardware and software issues, and it can be difficult to troubleshoot the problem. The following tools and methods can often help get Windows up and running again. This guide will show you how to Fix Blue Screen Error or Blue Screen of Death BSOD.
Stop errors (also sometimes called blue screen or black screen errors) can occur if a serious problem causes Windows to shut down or restart unexpectedly. You might see a message that says, “Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.”
Warning : Before making any changes in your computer, I suggest you to create a System Restore point so that you can restore back your computer to previous working stat if something goes wrong.
Fix Blue Screen Error or Blue Screen of Death BSOD
Use System Restore: If the system recently started blue-screening, use System Restore to roll its system software or drivers back to a previous state. If this works, you’ll know that it’s likely a software problem. If not, go to next steps.
Boot the computer into Safe Mode: If the computer is blue-screening every time turn it on, try booting into safe mode. In safe mode, Windows loads only the essential drivers. If the installed driver is causing Windows to blue screen, it shouldn’t do so in safe mode. You can work on fixing the problem from safe mode.
In case if the computer is still rebooting or blue screening in safe mode as well. We can consider that the issue is with hardware up to 70%. But still we recommend performing below steps.
For Windows users it’s probably all too familiar seeing the Blue Screen of Death, especially in XP. Today we take a look at BlueScreenView which is a free utility to display and interpret the data located in the mini dump files after the BSOD occurs.
The problem is that the computer will reboot before you can write down the error message and figure out what is wrong.
- BlueScreenView Download link : http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html
- BlueScreenView Help Link : http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/6292/how-to-troubleshoot-the-blue-screen-of-death/
- Disable Automatic Reboot after Blue Screen Errors: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/help-troubleshoot-the-blue-screen-of-death-by-preventing-automatic-reboot/
Scan for Malware or Virus: Malware that digs deep into Windows and gets its hooks into the Windows kernel at a low level can cause system instability. Scan your computer for malware and virus to ensure buggy malicious software and virus aren’t causing it to crash.
Recommended to run any one of the below virus scanner.
- Norton Power Eraser : http://liveupdate.symantec.com/upgrade/NPE/1033/NPE.exe
- ESET Online Scanner : http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner-popup/
Check for Windows updates and software updates.
Recent updates from Microsoft might help fix the problem. Windows Update helps keep your computer up to date with the latest system updates and drivers. You can check Windows Update manually to help ensure you have the latest updates to Windows 7 installed
Check for security software such as Norton, McAfee, and Quick heal, Kaspersky and make sure that they are up to date and all features are working fine. If found security software are not working or expired, uninstall them using their removal tool.
Install Updated Drivers: An incorrectly installed or buggy driver can lead to crashes. Download the latest drivers for your computer’s hardware from your computer manufacturer’s website and install them.
If the NVidia or ATI graphics driver are installed in the computer, recommended to uninstall them using DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) software. And download the graphic driver from computer manufacture’s website or graphic hardware manufacture’s. Before uninstalling the graphics driver note down its make and model number.
- AMD/ ATI Driver Uninstaller: http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html
- NVIDIA Driver Uninstaller: http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html
- Alternate link for both drivers Uninstaller: http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html
- Automatically detect NVIDIA Driver : http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Scan.aspx?lang=en-us
- Automatically detect AMD/ATI Driver: http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/auto-detect-tool
- Once the DDU is installed, recommended select the Clean and Restart uninstallation.
Reinstall Windows: Reinstalling Windows is the nuclear option. It will blow away your existing system software, replacing it with a fresh Windows system. If your computer continues to blue screen after this, you likely have a hardware problem.
As we said earlier Blue Screen Error or Blue Screen of Death BSOD errors can be caused by both hardware and software issues, You have to first identify what exactly causing the issues whether it software or hardware. Above troubleshooting steps may help you to fix the issues. Share your comments or ask more on Forum.