Blue Screen Error or Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 is quite common for the Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 users. Blue screen errors can make you easily frustrated if it occurs when you are working on your computer, and you have not saved your data.
What is Blue Screen Error? Microsoft says, blue screen error also referred as Black screen error or stop error can occur if a serious problem causes your Windows 8 or Windows 7 system to shut down or restart unexpectedly. It also displays a message “Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer”.
These errors usually occur because there is a problem with your system’s hardware or hardware drivers. First time I came to know about Blue Screen error, when I installed a new Bluetooth device, and it caused my Windows 7 machine to shut down unexpectedly without any warnings. Finally, a Software update resolved that problem. However, it is not necessary that every time the culprit should be the hardware it can also occur because your system has some other problems and an unknown culprit.
BSOD can also occur when you remove any USB device like Network dongle from your PC’s USB port without closing the program that is using it or ejecting it first. Sometimes even closing the program in use and ejecting the USB device does not work and when you pull the device out you would end up with a blue screen of death error.
How to Fix Blue Screen Error in Windows 10, 7 and 8.1
Step 1: Fix Problem in Your System Registries
System registries are responsible for proper functioning of your system settings. If the problem resists in your system registries, then use any registry cleaner program to clean it. I use system utility software application, which comes with registry cleaning feature as well.
Step 2: Fix Problem in Software programs
Bugs in Software applications can cause Blue Screen error. If Blue screen appears after installing new software, then restart your system and try to uninstall it and see if this solves the problem.
To Uninstall software go to Control Panel > Add or uninstall programs > Select the program to uninstall.
Now if you are sure that the installed software is causing the Blue Screen error, then look for the older version of that software or look for the latest available version of that specific software. Most of the time the developers quickly release fixes through software updates.
Step 3: Fix Hardware problem
At times newly installed hardware also cause your system to restart and shut down unexpectedly. The solution is to try to uninstall the recently installed hardware and contact the manufacturer to see if any update or bug fix is available for your device. If not try to find and install the older version of the driver than what have uninstalled or had it installed on your PC for the affected hardware.
Step 4: Update your Anti-virus and perform a complete scan
Even if you uninstall a newly installed program, it is not necessary that the junk installed with the same program gets deleted with the uninstall. A recommended step is to check your Anti-virus program for the available updates and run a complete system scan to find if any malware or virus in your computer is causing the problem. If you find any malware, remove them.
Alternatively, you can also make use of any free Windows utility like CC cleaner to remove the unwanted junk and temporary files in your PC. You can also make use of built-in disk cleaning to tool in Windows 10 to clean the temporary files and old backups. Be sure while deleting the old backups, you may need them anytime. So leave them as it is if you do not want to delete them.
Step 5: Try System Restore to Fix blue screen error
If you are still stuck with the same problem, then you may need to do a system restore to the point where your PC was working fine. System Restore usually comes in handy when you are not able to access your system because of a blue screen or black screen.
To restore your system, go to Control Panel, click on System and Security, Restore this system to an earlier time. Next click on Open System Restore, select Next, and select the last saved restore point available on your PC. To proceed with restoration of your PC to the last saved point, click on Next and follow the on-screen instructions.
However, do note that restoring your PC would uninstall all the programs that you have installed between the last restore point to the current state.
Some more tips to avoid Blue screen errors:
1. Try to install original software: most of the pirated things come with malware and viruses.
2. Always shut down your system properly: do not attempt to shut down the system using the power button it can damage your system.
3. Disable unwanted startup programs: which causes system load for this; you can use System utility programs or follow these steps.
- To disable startup programs, Press Start key + R, then in the run dialog box type “msconfig” and hit enter.
- Alternatively, type “msconfig” in the search bar (without quotes) and click on msconfig.exe.
- Now in the System Configuration windows select Selective start-up and then click on Start-up.
- Now select all the unwanted programs and click on disable, but be careful do not disable any Windows or Microsoft named program. Check program name in Start-up item and manufacturer before disabling them.
Nothing seems working? Have a look at Microsoft’s official blue screen error page and see if you can fix the error.
Blue Screen Errors can occur anytime without any warning. So, by following the above methods can fix your problem or at least you can avoid them.