Blue Screen of Death

Has your computer ever been caught by the dreaded blue screen? It’s probably happened to all of us at one time or another. In fact, it has probably happened to you one too many times, am I right? I know I’ve run into the blue screen problem and it can be the most annoying thing to get rid of.

So, what is the blue screen I am referring to? Well, the blue screen is the common name for the error screen that sometimes occurs through Windows. It is also called the stop error. It is basically what comes up on your computer screen when your PC cannot recover or is in danger of not being able to recover from a system error. This error screen has been present in all versions of Windows dating all the way back to Windows 3.1.

Whenever your system encounters an illegal operation and it can’t do anything else to recover, the blue screen will pop up. The only safe way to get out of the blue screen is to restart your computer. Unfortunately, some data can be lost in this process, because you are not given a chance to save your work. Here is a sample blue screen.

The screen is a little different in wording for each version of Windows and it references to different utilities in different programs, but it basically means the same thing all the way around. Some common causes of the error could be a new hardware problem, new software, virus or malware or even old or broken hardware. The causes can be endless, depending on the type of computer you have and the applications you have on it. The blue screen of death is an unfortunate encounter, but at least you can get out of it with a quick reboot.

~ Erin