When Windows won’t start or crashes and displays the familiar blue screen on your laptop or PC, it’s a sign that the operating system has “shut down” to try to recover from hardware or software problems. Do you know why this image appears and how to get out of it?
This happens when the program detects an error from which it cannot recover without losing data, identifies points in the system that have become corrupted, or when a hardware failure cannot be repaired. In other words, a serious case.
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Find out what can be done to get rid of the Windows blue screen — Photo: Reproduction/Magnet.me/Unsplash
With the evolution of Windows, the blue screen of death has also changed. From the blue Bic pen and numerous error codes in versions up to Windows 7, it began to bring a sad emoticon – accompanied by an identification of the type of error – that informs that the computer is turned off in Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Traditional Windows Blue Screen — Photo: Reproduction/Dell
In Microsoft OS versions 7, 8 and 10, the repair process after a blue screen is similar. We have put together solutions to guide you on what to do when the error screen appears and resolve the crash.
According to Microsoft, it is necessary to observe whether it is possible to start the system after it crashes.
If possible, the first guideline is to undo the changes using the system restore tool. With it, it is possible to revert to recent changes and remove files that may have caused the problem.
It’s worth remembering that files such as photos, documents or emails are not affected by the restore. To activate it, click the Start button, then open the search box, type “system return” and click this option in the results. Then just follow the instructions. Administrator permission is required.
2. Use the action center
Another option is to use the Windows Action Center to check the reports that the system generates when software or hardware problems occur. The switch can be accessed via the Start button. Go to Control Panel and under System and Security click check computer status, then click Maintenance. Select the option “Search for solutions for problem reports” and click “Search for solutions”. Windows will make sure to notify you if there is a solution available for your computer problem.
The user can also check for the latest updates from Microsoft through Windows Update. The tool keeps your computer updated with the latest versions of system drivers.
To check for updates, go to Start, type “Update” in the search box, and click “Windows Update.” Then click on “Check for Updates” and wait while the system searches for the latest driver versions.
The so-called death screen is softened in Windows version 8 — Photo: Playback/Wikipedia
When you receive a message notifying you that optional updates are available or asking you to review them, click the message to view and select the changes. Click on important updates for more information. Check all the updates you want to install and click “OK”. A license terms box will appear: accept and complete the action.
If you have installed a hardware device, you need to make sure that the driver is the latest. Visit the manufacturer’s website to find the file for the new equipment. As most drivers install themselves, you just need to download the file, double-click and the installation begins.
If the downloaded driver does not install automatically, launch the device manager. Press the Start button and access the Control Panel. Under “System and Security” open “Device Manager”. In the list of hardware categories, find the device you want to update and double-click its name. On the driver tab, click update driver and follow the instructions.
5. Start Windows in safe mode
Also try starting your computer in safe mode. If the computer has only one operating system installed, press the F8 key repeatedly while the machine restarts the system. Remember to do this before the Windows logo appears.
If your computer has more than one operating system installed, use the arrow keys to select the operating system you want to start in safe mode, and then press F8 repeatedly. On the advanced boot options screen, select the safe mode option and press the enter key. Sign in with an account that has administrator roles.
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