Blue Screen of Death; a Windows fatal system error, e.g. "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down" or "Your PC ran into a problem". Mention the specific error code and all information on the screen in your question.

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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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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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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 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's because of bad hardware, bad driver ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where are Blue Screen of Death events logged on Windows XP and how can I view the history of them?

I got a Blue Screen Of Death on reboot. Where are events like this logged on Windows XP and how can I view the history of the BSODs?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Computer suddenly dies; screen displays weird flickering lines, then restarts

I've been having this terrible problem for a little while and just managed to get a picture of 'dead screen' for the first time and I am posting it to seek help. Randomly, at irregular intervals (...
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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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“DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE” on Windows 10

I've been prompted with BSoD, at seemingly random times, with the above error. This is off a fresh install of Windows 10 (2 times in fact) on a new hard drive. This is my model: https://docs.sony.com/...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is there any way to make Windows 8 blue screen intentionally?

There used to be a debug option involving a registry hack on older versions of Windows that let me blue screen a system on purpose. I'd like to see if my usual blue screen diagnosis tools work on ...
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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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Getting process command line arguments from minidump

I am investigating a BSOD and I'd like to know more about the process that caused the problem. I can open the minidump in WinDbg which gives a lot of information about the crash. However the one piece ...
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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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Recurring BSOD 0x139 KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE in NETIO.SYS (bugcheck analyses within)

Problem description I've been encountering some intermittent 0x139 KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE blue screens with first parameter 0x3 on my Windows 8.1 laptop, once every 20 minutes to an hour. ...
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Computer Freezes with “Bugcheck 0” on Windows 7. How do I figure out why?

After about 10 minutes of running, my computer will hang, exhibiting the following symptoms: Both monitors act as if there is no image being sent to them (on, but blacked out) The CAPS Lock key on ...
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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 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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How to make Windows 10 BSOD show more details like older versions of Windows

I would like to know if there's any way to make Windows 10 show more details when crashing like windows 7 did. And on this link to Microsoft developer net how to attach a debugger if it's possible ...
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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: C:\Windows\Minidump\...
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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 last “blue screen” error message after reboot in Windows 10?

Just saw a "blue screen" in Windows 10. I wanted to google the error message but the moment I reached the phone to take a photo - computer rebooted. Can I find this error message somewhere in the ...
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What does the error code “1000008e” mean?

My computer keeps restarting and crashes with a blue screen. It gives me the following error code: BCCode: 1000008e BCP1: C0000005 BCP2: 9A245607 BCP3: AB3326EC BCP4: 00000000 OS Version: 6_1_7601 ...
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Running VirtualBox machine causes Blue Screen of Death on host Windows 7 PC

VirtualBox has now twice caused a BSOD on my host operating system Windows 7. The first time I was running VirtualPC so thought the two Virtual Systems together might have caused the issue, but this ...
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Capturing Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: PC Blue Screens and then instantly reboots. How do I stop this or find the error later? Sometimes I get a BSOD screen for a split second and I have no chance to see the ...
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BSODs and Prime95 failures

My computer is notoriously unstable. It blue screens all the time. I'm running Windows 7. Here's what's in the box: Intel Core i7 920 (Stock cooler, not overclocked) Gigabyte EX58-UD3R motherboard ...
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Why won't Windows 10 let me boot with new RAM?

Updated I have an ASRock H55M-GE motherboard. Currently it has 2X2GB RAM, for a total of 4 GB RAM. I thought I'd like to update the RAM, so, first I bought two new Kingston KVR16N11S8/4 4GB RAM ...