Summary: Windows 7 is the
most stable version of the operating system to date. Still, it's not
unheard of to see the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death" suddenly pop up.
It's a serious warning of a major problem in your system and should not
be ignored. Here's what to do if you encounter the Blue Screen of Death
on Windows 7...
Fixing the Blue Screen of Death on Windows 7
the Blue Screen of Death is known as a "stop error." Windows brings
everything to a complete, sudden stop "to prevent damage to your
computer." The cause of a stop error may lie in hardware or software,
and it can be very difficult to track down. Here are a few guidelines
to debugging the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) on Windows 7.
overheated CPU can cause a BSOD error. If your cooling fan is running
constantly, you may need to take steps to cool things down inside of
your computer case. Blow out dust. Replace heat sink thermal grease. If
the cooling fan does not spin freely, install a new one or lubricate
the bearing. Laptops may benefit from a lap pad designed to circulate
cool air beneath the laptop.
RAM can cause the Blue Screen of Death error. Run the memory check
diagnostic routine available on the Win7 Startup Options menu. Press F8
during bootup to bring up the menu.
hardware errors are difficult for consumers to diagnose. You may need
to have a qualified service rep run diagnostics on your computer.
errors that cause a BSOD can occur when Windows 7 does not shut down
properly. Loss of power during shutdown is the most common cause of
such errors. Using System Restore to restore your Windows settings to
an earlier configuration may resolve a BSOD problem. (Click the Start
button, type System Restore, then press Enter.)
BSOD Fix Options
the Windows 7 Action Center to see if there are any unresolved
configuration errors. Open the Start menu and type "action center" in
the search box. Click on Action Center to open it and review any
software drivers are a common cause of Blue Screen of Death errors.
Running Windows Update will scan your computer and download updated
drivers from many major vendors. Third-party driver updaters such as
Driver Detective <http://www.newdriversupdate.com/>
may do a more thorough job.
disk errors may cause a BSOD error. Run the error-checking tool on your
boot drive's Properties page to find and fix errors. It's also a good
idea to defragment hard drives regularly to minimize errors. See my
related article "Windows 7 Hard Drive Errors" for more help with this:
all else fails to cure a recurring Blue Screen of Death, you may have
to take the machine to a service center or ship it to the manufacturer
for diagnosis and repair. Hopefully, the machine is still under
warranty as this can be expensive. Be sure to make backup copies of all
essential data before sending the machine in for repairs, and delete
any sensitive data from the hard drive before turning it over to
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