Windows 8 Has Finally Updated The Blue Screen Of Death

It took Microsoft long enough, but they've finally (FINALLY!) changed the blue screen of death to be something a little more friendly and a little less scary.

Honestly, how many times have you used the dump information on the BSOD to actually diagnose a problem, compared to how many times you just rebooted the computer and didn't think anything of it? A more cutesy error message is a better idea.

We're also really glad they updated the similarly old-school task manager, so who knows what other changes we're going to find in version #8.

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    When I had faulty memory chips, the
    dump information gave the the answer.
    Without this info the new screen is a
    backward step.

      The info should be there, just not on the BSOD itself. It will be in the error log for the crash in the event log.

        Yeah, the BSOD info can be useful, but for non-tech users it is quite abrupt.

        IME often dumps are not taken, thus the details can't be found in the Event Viewer. A backward step, IMO.

    lol, The one unchanged thing that still exists is Notepad. Still basically the same since 1988 :D

      I'm not sure how to feel about this. I like my error screens to have at least some vague information on them. Given most computers default to rebooting on bsod anyway, making it more user-friendly could just be wasted effort.

      Of course, this could just be nostalgia talking. My first computer was a win95 machine, so blue is the colour of my childhood.

    They could add a show BSOD info button for when you're feeling nostalgic. (Like the Switch User Button on a logon screen) ;)

    Luckily none after installing windows 7.

    I predict an "OLD-style BSOD" mod/patch

    I'm sure you would be able to toggle this in the options menu where you set BSOD and dump information settings

    frown face :( should be smile face :). smile face makes me happy :)

    Nice to see that Microsoft is not without humour. If it's able to write a message to the screen, then it should be able to write message to a simple log file if you did want to access it for trouble shooting.

      And what if the problem is a faulty HDD driver?

      This is useless if you want info. Its like the "Your mac now needs to restart" screen.

      I assume there is some way of getting the old screen back.

      In my mind, if they have the ability to write to the screen, they have the ability to recover automatically. Of course, that would increase the size of the OS another couple gigs I'd guess, lol. (I swear, MS must secretly own stock in memory and disk manufacturers.) Showing my age, I remember when multi-user multi-tasking operating systems were under a meg and a gig was an unbelievable amount of disk. High rel systems had watch dog timers so they would automatically recover and/or reboot if they crashed to the point they couldn't recover. Seems to me MS could put a little more effort into this area, but maybe that's a lost art to programmers of today.

    How about putting in some effort to eradicating the causes of the BSOD rather than changing how it looks?

    I get at least one a week. Most occur when coming out of hibernation.

      @Steve - you get the BSOD once a week? There is clearly something wrong with your computer... I havent gotten one since upgrading to Windows 7.

      98% of the time a BSOD is caused by faulty drivers or incorrect BIOS settings and nothing to do with Windows.

      As Marlon stated, since installing Windows 7 I've only had one BSOD and that was because of a faulty driver.


    I'm all for simplifying it, but i do use the data in the crash dump to some degree but mostly the just module name that caused it.

    Like on my ASROCK ION3D, it would say nuvo_cir_blahblah.vxd or something like that, i immediately knew the infrared driver was causing the issue. So they should provide a basic detail on the screen, perhaps if the keyboard can still function pressing F1 or something to get more info.

      You know that, I know that but Average Joe Six-Pack and Granny Youtube wouldn't have a clue what the problem was and all of that "information" to her would cause even more panic and confusion.

      A simple, "something went wrong, we're restarting" message is a lot better.

        Thats why i said to simplify it but not remove the actual useful information (95% of the info in the BSOD is useless to me, and the %5 that is useful woudl not be scary to average people), now granted on reboot it could popup a dialog saying this module faulted and look for a fix button like i got sometimes in vista when the Radeon 3500 drivers crashed the system (never did get that working flawlessly on vista), but i didnt get that on the ASROCK running Win7.

        For those times that you cant boot up windows at all, perhaps in their new fancy bootloader it could report bootup issues and provide an easy way to view the log data.

        Anyway BSODs are kinda supposed to be scary because it means there is something really wrong that needs to be addressed, it can jolt them into action, where as an "Oops sorry something went screwy your work is gone" makes it look like a windows issue rather than a 3rd party software issue (the cause of almost all BSODs i've ever seen).

    Day one, we have a BSOD? Maybe the discussion should be about why we're still getting them, rather than what they look like!!

    Bad move. The BSOD gave plenty of useful information. It's all well and good saying write the information to the event log, but what happens if you can't log in at all? If it goes to the Windows splash screen the reboots (which is usually the HD, but sometimes RAM - the BSOD told you that)

    Honestly, I use it every time

    you know, the detailed BSOD was better, even to the ignorant ones it told you "Hey man, this thing is busted" this new one will have users still trying to click around the place, not realizing the thing is borkd

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