Monday, March 19, 2012

Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death (BSOD Win 8)

Windows 8 has a friendlier Blue Screen of Death than earlier versions. The traditional Blue Screen containing vague details with bulk of useless tips is replaced with a simple screen.

You might get this ‘bluescreen’ anytime- while installing Windows 8 or while running software and games. You’ll not have any chance but to let it restart the computer and then go to find out a solution.

The new BSOD has a light blue colour background. It shows a sad face emoticon with a message “Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle and now it needs to restart.” Next to this message, you’ll be advised to search online for a solution by giving the exact Error Message. A countdown will also appear on the screen which will then automatically restart the computer. Unlike traditional BSODs, this information is clear and easy to read. It tells in brief that something is becoming wrong with your computer and there is a need to search for given error message on the internet.


1    1. Check your Memory
2. Disconnect/Remove Recently Connected Device
3. Fix Registry Errors
4. Uninstall Older Programs or Check Compatibility Issues

Check your Memory

Usually a bad memory can cause Windows 8 BSOD. If you have a single RAM remove it and clean it by using a soft cloth or something. Otherwise if you have multiple RAMs installed then test them one by one for a few hours.

Disconnect/ Remove Recently Connected Device

If you are getting Windows 8 Blue Screen after connecting a new device unplug it for some time. The device may not be supporting the newer version of Windows thus causing random crashes. Check out the supported operating system list from the device manual.

Fix Registry Errors
There are greater chances of having numerous registry issues which are the main source of this problem. Find out such errors using a Windows 8 Registry Cleaner and repair them instantly.

Uninstall Older Programs or Check Compatibility Issues

Windows 8 Blue Screen can appear when a specific program is not working properly because of program compatibility related issues. For instance, running older versions of some programs on Windows 8 can ultimately crash because of unsupported operating environment.

Uninstall Older Programs:

1. Move your mouse to the extreme left side of your Taskbar and click on Start.
2. Type Uninstall a Program and then click Settings button below the right hand side Search box.
3. Click it from the search result.
4. Select the older version of a program and click Uninstall. Follow the wizard and restart the computer when prompted.

Run Older Programs in Compatibility Mode:

If you’re sure that a specific program is displaying BSOD because of compatibility issues then simply run it in the Compatibility Mode. Here’s how to do it in Windows 8:


1. Open My Computer.
2. Go to the root location where the main program file is located.
3. In the ribbon interface, click Application tab and then Troubleshoot Compatibility icon.
4. A wizard called Program Compatibility Troubleshooter will launch. Click the second option, i.e. Troubleshoot Program.
5. Check mark the first option The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now and then click Next.
6. If you have tried running the same program before, select relevant version of Windows where it was running fine. Click Next.
7. Click Start Program button from the Test Compatibility Settings page.

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