Blue Screen of Death - Do mention the error code or something from it if you can spot it before the restart

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Convincingly “breaking” a system for a non technical user [closed]

For various reasons out of scope for Super User, I've been tasked with temporarily disabling one of my own systems. I have full admin control and own this system. It’s running Windows 7 SP1. I want to ...
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Fastest way to reproduce a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)?

As part of a multi-operating system challenge (testing computer integrity), I need to find the fastest way to reproduce a genuine Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) on a Windows machine. Any version that is ...
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How to get more info out of the uninformative Windows 8 BSOD?

Windows 8's Blue Screen of Death is different from the previous Windows versions' one: In order to find out what caused the problem you need to write down or remember the search term it presents ...
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Why does Windows still have the BSOD on Ctrl+Scroll+Scroll “feature”?

While Windows XP came out I heard about a testing feature that existed to manually cause a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). I also heard this was supposed to be removed in XP Service Pack 2. It didn't get ...
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How to cause a BSOD on Windows XP and newer versions?

Is there a way to programmatically cause a BSOD on Windows XP and newer versions? How? BTW just to clarify, this is not for malicious purposes. The client requested to be able to shut down/reboot a ...
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How to diagnose Blue Screens in Windows 7 (64bit)

Using programs like WhoCrashed and BlueScreenView you can see the BSOD and the errors but how do you tell exactly what's causing the BSOD? I'm not sure if it because of bad hardware, bad driver ...
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Can prematurely powering down a computer cause bad sectors in a hard drive?

Q1: Can forcibly powering off a PC without using the built-in shutdown/reboot functions, cause a HDD to accumulate bad sectors? Whether it be the result of BSODs, lockups, crashes, etc. Q2: If so, ...
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PC Blue Screens and then instantly reboots. How do I stop this or find the error later?

I've started getting random blue screens from my (admittedly aged PC). Unfortunately it reboots straight away so I don't get chance to read the error. It's been happening when browsing Stack Overflow ...
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Can a processor upgrade cause BSOD?

I Had the following hardware setup: Phenom II X4 945 Asus M4A97 4GB DDR2 OCZ Radeon HD5850 OCZ Agility 2 120 GB Windows 7 x64 Pro Fully updated (latest drivers and windows update patches) Then I ...
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Video card killed my computer

I was in the middle of playing Insurgency, and I had just tried to switch servers when the entire game froze. No biggie, I thought. I'll just restart the game and go on my merry way. Of course, this ...
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How to remove Crash Dump Files under Windows 7

My Windows 7 hard drive suddenly filled up today. After doing some research, I downloaded and ran WinDirStat. This identified that 29% of my hard drive was occupied by Crash Dump Files (*.mdmp). I ...
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Computer Shuts Down, BSOD, Aggravation

---BOUNTY & EDIT--- Ok, here is the latest update, and attached a bounty! So I ran all of my ram sticks 1 at a time for around 24 hours each. None of them caused a BSOD. I ran test on all of ...
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How to find the source of this BSOD? How to fix it?

I occasionally (always at the least convenient moment...) receive this BSOD on my Windows 7 desktop PC: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: BlueScreen OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1 ...
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How to screenshot a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) [duplicate]

I am using windows 7. Recently my computer crashed, and displayed the dreaded BSOD: I was trying to copy down the error message, but I didn't have enough time. Is it possible to take a screenshot ...
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How to install RAID drivers on already installed Windows 7?

64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate 6GB RAM Intel i7 920 Intel X25-M SSD 80GB 2,5" Club 3D Radeon HD5750 GA-EX58-UD4P Motherboard I've been running fine with Windows 7 installed on the SSD. I wanted to ...
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Tracking down random BSOD on windows 7

I have gotten a computer running windows 7 handed to me that randomly, several times a day, bsods with a PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (50) or WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR (124). Crashes happens regardless ...
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Windows 7 Recurring Blue Screens: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT 0x1A

I have recurring BSODs that really have me scratching my head. Here's a look at the errors: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT 0x1A (ntoskrnl.exe) - I've seen this 9 times since April 2012 NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM 0x24 ...
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Windows 8 CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED

I've been getting blue screens for several days now, only new thing I did was install a hard drive. I'll be doing anything, browsing the web, etc. and I get a blue screen, that says ...
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Any advice on what to do when getting a cryptic blue screen in windows?

What are some steps that you usually take? Are there any good ways of finding out what they mean etc.? For example I have gotten these ones where it pretty much only says "IRQ less or equal to" (or ...
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Windows 8.1 RTM BSOD with fault “Critical Structure Corruption”

I recently upgraded from Windows 8 Enterprise x64 (US English) to Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (RTM, US English) on my lab workstation. It worked mostly fine for the last few days (since the upgrade), but this ...
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Troubleshooting an mysteriously unstable machine

I have a machine with a Core i7 CPU, 12 GiB of memory, 4 hard drives and a graphics card/sound card (both add-in PCI-E). This machine is somehow unstable, and I'm wondering how to troubleshoot ...
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Windows BSOD - memory problems

A Windows Vista PC would regularly produce blue screens of death. A memory test proved that the memory was the cause. The PC had a motherboard several years old, and memory to fit that mother ...
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Is there any solution to Process1_Initialization_Failed on Windows 7?

I have a BSOD problem that I cannot repair. I would be so grateful if someone could provide a solution. I have Windows 7 OS installed on the computer. The stop error message resembles the following: ...
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Do errors in Memtest86+ definitively mean something is wrong with my RAM?

I recently built a new computer for somebody. Everything seemed fine at first, but when I went to install the OS (tried both Windows XP and Windows 7), both installers would fail. XP failed with a ...
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How can I troubleshoot a “Hardware Malfunction” blue screen?

Update 3/10/2011 (2): Switching harddrive slots once again allows Windows to load, but crashes are much more frequent than they were previously. It's clear that the issue has to do with the hard drive ...
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BSOD continuing after wiping hard drive and starting clean Windows 7 installation

I have had incessant BSODs with my Acer Aspire x1700, Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.4, initially running Win 7 x64. I have 8GB of RAM and I ran MEMTEST (8 passes) with no errors. I have replaced my ...
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Add/Change Drive Letter Causes BSOD

Recently Microsoft Support had me "upgrade" or rather replace the installation of Windows because I had an SFC error that could not be resolved any other way, apparently. SFC now runs without ...
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Blue screen (BSOD) when Windows 7 hibernates or standby

Whenever I want to standby or hibernate Windows 7, It takes some times in blank monitor and gives a blue screen error and shuts down. Details below about Error message that Windows showed: Problem ...
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Windows 8 gives “system thread exception not handled” error message after update

I have a 64-bit Dell laptop which I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Since then, it's creating havoc in my life. The Metro apps are not working, the system crashes once in a while, and ...
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How can I resolve the BSOD with the STOP Code 0x0000007B?

Whenever I boot my Windows 7 computer, I get a blue screen of death with the following details: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If ...
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Bluescreen Stop 0x00000027 RDR_FILE_SYSTEM after cloning system on new HDD

A couple of months ago I got a new 500GB HDD for my no-name-brand Laptop PC and I cloned the complete Win 7 Pro 32bit system with clonezilla from the old 70GB drive to the new one. At first everything ...
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Windows 7 likes to crash on me about every week

I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit edition and it seems like every week I get a blue screen since it crashed for some reason. I have no clue what is causing this. I have 4 gigs of RAM with 2 of them not ...
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How to fix UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME (0x000000ED) on my Windows XP DELL laptop?

I have a Dell Latitude D410. Running Windows XP. I am receiving the STOP: 0x000000ED (0X899CF030,0XC0000185,0X00000000,0X00000000) Blue screen. Initially, I tried everything specified with the ...
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Fresh install of Win7 x64 - constant BSODS - minidumps analyze needed

Looking for merciful soul that would help me analyze few BSOD minidumps :) I have updated the BIOS, have latest NVIDIA drivers and all works OK even under load testing. But from time to time (1-3h) ...
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Where can I find a complete list of Windows STOP error codes?

Its all in the title, really. I need a list of STOP (blue screen) error codes so that when I see one, I can look it up. You'd think this would be documented somewhere, but I'll be darned if I can find ...
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IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL with Asus PCE-n53 when updating to Windows 8.1

I saw this question and it is the exact same problem on my machine. I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 on my machine. After the first part of the installation is ready the installer reboots my PC, ...
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Can a monitor fail to display a “Blue Screen of Death”?

I assembled a computer for myself about 11 months ago. It was my first build ever, but I seem to have done well-enough. However, I sporadically run into a problem where the audio hangs, all computer ...
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BSOD - Multiple IRP Complete Requests

I've been getting a BSOD with the error message "MULTIPLE_IRP_COMPLETE_REQUESTS" for the past few days and I can't seem to figure out what the cause is. I've checked the event viewer, and even though ...
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Xp bsod on startup after ram upgrade

I just upgraded my hp dv6426us from 1gb of ram (512x2) to 4 gb (2x2). I have a vista 32 bit and xp 32 bit dual boot os configuration. Now when I boot up xp gives me a bsod right after showing the ...
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Would there be any problems with DEP turned off?

I recently moved to a fresh Windows 8 x64 system and I learned that my favourite firewall (JPF - Jetico Personal Firewall) doesn't get along with Win8x64 (CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION errors), but I ...
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Bluescreen on startup after Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installation

I tried to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (64 bit) on my Dell notebook. Everything worked fine up to the first reboot after the installation. When booting, right before the Windows logo appears, a ...
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how to debug BSOD irql_not_less_or_equal error

So I'm getting the irql_not_less_or_equal BSOD. I tried looking at the event viewer for potential causes, and cannot find any. I also checked the CPU temperature in BIOS right after the error and ...
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Left-click + Drag sometimes crashes Windows 7 with Bug Check Code 0x0000124

This problem has been going for a while (ever since I installed Windows 7 on this PC): Every once in a while (randomly, with any application), when I use the mouse to left-click & drag (move ...
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Hard drive causing BSOD

I've come across a problem after building my new PC and installing a clean Windows 7. I originally planed on a RAID 1 or 0 but after further research I decided against it. So I was left with two 1TB ...
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Window 7 Bad Driver BSOD, How Can I find out which driver it is?

So I have probably looked at every resource I can on Google - I have spent the last 15 hours looking and testing. I am experiencing a BSOD loop. After investigating further it would seem it is a Bad ...
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Windows 7 occasionally crashes with bugcheck code 0x124

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 32-bit on my Acer Aspire 4520 notebook. Whenever I am installing software, surfing the internet or watching a video online, the system occasionally crashes with ...
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Windows XP - Blue Screen

I have a Dell Latitude D810 I found in our IT storage in basement (computer graveyard) that I was going to use for parts, specifically the keyboard. When I found it, it had a note on it "Blue Screen, ...
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Windows Blue Screen of Death

What's the best approach for Windows XP that produce Blue Screen of Death and it goes so quickly that I can't even see what's the reason for it. Is there a way to somehow to look in the logs (without ...
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Why does ATI 5570 HD video card driver installation cause Windows 7 To Blue Screen?

This one is for the hive mind. I have a brand new Dell Optiplex 760 workstation with 4 gigabytes of RAM running Windows 7 Professional (32bit). This is a new box with nothing installed other than what ...
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BSOD - meaning of bugcheck?

When logging into Windows 7 today, my PC instantly BSOD'd. Using WhoCrashed I get the following report: -- On Tue 12.02.2013 13:56:20 GMT your computer crashed crash dump file: ...