You’re busy doing some tasks on your computer then it suddenly froze. After several seconds, the computer sort of restarts and shows you a blue screen with bunch of numbers and letters, with some of them incomprehensible. In some cases, you’ll see this eye-popping screen upon booting up your computer. No matter how much you restart it, it won’t fix the problem and logging on to Windows is impossible.
Blue screen and its causes
Also known as BSOD, blue screen of death caused quite a horror among individuals who experience it. Did the hard drive fail? What will happen to their files? Is it necessary to buy a new drive?
Hold you horses as there’s a big chance that your hard drive hasn’t fail yet. Several inconsistencies probably caused your computer to not boot properly. If you will check the BSOD properly, you’ll notice that it often displays the file that cause the problem right at the bottom part of the screen. It hinders Windows from loading appropriately. More often than not, removing or stopping that particular program from running upon boot up will let you enter Windows without problems.
Fixing BSOD errors
Various ways will help you fix BSOD and let you log on to Windows without errors next time. Keep these points in mind to keep you from worrying once you encountered this problem.
Disable start up programs
Some components running on startup may cause BSOD. Disable them with these steps:
- If you can still log on to Windows after getting BSOD, disable startup programs through msconfig with the following steps.
- For Windows XP users, click Start button -> Run -> Type msconfig then hit enter
For Windows Vista/7 users, click Start or Windows -> Type msconfig ->click the program or hit enter -> click OK once asked about running the program as administrator.
- Click on Startup tab -> Disable All.
- Click on Services type -> click the check box Hide All Microsoft Services -> Disable All.
- Click Apply and click OK.
- Restart your PC.
If you can start your computer without BSOD after the procedure, then one of the startup files causes the problem.
- In case you can’t access Windows, try booting up on Safe Mode. Accessing Safe Mode is different depending on your computer as others will ask you to press F10 or other function keys to show Windows boot option. Press these function keys continuously upon restarting and choose Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking. From there, disable the startup programs and drivers.
System restore will uninstall recently installed programs, which caused inconsistencies in your computer. Open System Restore and choose a restore point. Choose a date when you know your computer is running perfectly. Restore to that point and it will uninstall newer programs. If your computer hasn’t displayed BSOD, then there’s a high chance that a component from the software caused the issue.
These are just two yet basic steps of solving BSOD. Don’t be intimidated as they’re just codes and you have other options in fixing this dreaded issue.