BSOD or the Blue screen of death in its full form isn’t something anyone would like to see on their PCs screen. Not now, not tomorrow, never! However, things actually don’t work the way you want them to work, but they work the they want to. Similarly, Blue screen of death error in Windows 10 can occur anytime and anywhere. Even though I have already made a simple guide on how to fix the blue screen of death error in Windows PC. In this post, we will see how to view the blue screen of death error logs.
The blue screen of death error causes your computer to shut down abruptly without any prior notice. And to make it worse, if you happen to be working on something, most probably you will lose the work.
The blue screen of death error occurs when your PC running on Windows reaches a stage where it can no longer work safely. Hence, it reacts by completely shutting down your PC to save it from more damage. In other words, the blue screen of death error tries to prevent the Windows user from doing more harm to their PC. Most of the time the unexpected shutdown causes data loss and data corruption.
The primary cause of the blue screen of death error is always either a software driver on your PC or hardware connected to your PC. Now since you may not like to live with the blue screen of death error forever, you would like to find the culprit behind this error.
As I said, earlier the BSOD error can cause because of an incompatible or corrupted software on your PC or an unsupported or corrupted external device connected to your PC.
Whenever the error occurs, you will see a completely blue screen with some error message being displayed on it. The message usually remains on the screen for few second and later the PC starts with checking your disk for any errors. Since things happen so fast, you won’t be able to read the blue screen error on the screen.
The best way to solve the blue screen error is to know what is causing the error or to find out the error code. This would save you from the hassle of trying out every single available fix to solve the blue screen of death error in your PC.
Fortunately, Windows OS always stores a log file of errors, and that is true with the blue screen of death error as well. All the log files will be stored in a location called Minidump in your PC.
By accessing these minidumps, you will be able to find out the culprit causing this error to your PC. You can view the error log file using the Windows Event Viewer.
Another alternative to Windows Even Viewer is BlueScreenView. It is a free Windows utility program and is a great alternative to Windows Event Viewer. The advantage of using the BlueScreenView over the Windows Ever viewer is that it shows you the only error log files related to the Blue screen of death error and will not mix up the data with other log files.
The BlueScreenView tool has been developed by Nirosoft and can be downloaded from their official website for free. The utility can show you the date, time, the file name of minidump bluescreen file, crash information and the details about the hardware or driver causing the blue screen od death in your PC.
So, how to use BlueScreenView to view the blue screen of death error log file and minidump files?
Using this utility is pretty simple. Begin with downloading the tool from here and install it on your PC. When you run the tool, it will display all the blue screen of death error logs saved on your PC. Select anyone of them and analyze the error log file to find out the culprit causing the error.
Once you have found what is causing the error, then have a look at our guide on how to fix the blue screen of death error in Windows.