If you have get a ‘blue screen’ error or BSOD then it means that there is something seriously wrong with your computer. There are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot your computer whenever you experience a blue screen error.
1. Boot in safe mode
First you need to switch off your computer. When you boot it back, press the F8 key before the Windows screen appears. This will boot the computer into the Advanced Options screen where you can select advanced boot options. Press the ‘down’ arrow until ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ is enabled. Then press enter. If you think that you have a virus that connects to the Internet right away then boot your computer and select ‘Safe Mode’. Look closely when the screen scrolls through each driver as it loads each into memory. Note down where it’s taking long time to load. Check out these files on Google and find out which driver is failing. You can then reinstall that driver. If there is no driver problem, then go to the Control Panel, click on System and then on Device Manager to find out whether there are any hardware conflicts.
2. Run spyware, adware, virus and registry scans
Run all the spyware, adware, vius and registry scans when you are in safe mode. This will disable any virus present. These scans will also find out if you have any registry problems.
3. Install updates
In the start box of Windows, type ‘update’. Choose Windows Update from the list of results. Click on ‘check for updates’. Review if there is any pending update and install the updates properly.
4. Install the latest drivers
You must install the latest device drivers on your system. You can go to your computer’s manufacturer and check on the driver’s latest version. Blue screen errors may be caused due to incompatible device driver. You can try to remove any device driver that you have installed recently and restart your computer.
The seriousness of the blue screen problem varies. Sometimes, the problem may not be that serious and may occur due to a virus or because some hardware that you installed created conflict. You can use these tips to fix the problem yourself. If these tricks don’t work, then take your computer to a professional for fixing.
Another good read about how to install the latest drivers for your windows can be found on our good friend Raymond’s site.