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 logs?


Yes, it's recorded in the Event Log. I quote the tag wiki:

If you didn't catch the BSOD display, information about the crash can be found in in System event log (viewable in the Event Viewer, eventvwr.msc). Error events from the BugCheck source contain the bugcheck code, the parameters, and the path to the dump file on the General tab. Critical events from the Kernel-Power source contain the code and parameters in the EventData section of the Details tab.

For a list of all possible BSOD errors and their descriptions, see the Bug Check Code Reference.

Once you get the numeric bugcheck code as a hexadecimal number, you can consult that reference to find its symbolic name.

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    The general tab has only this information: The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly. I can't find an error message there. – Boykodev Jul 5 '16 at 18:31
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    Right, the Kernel-Power events only show the bugcheck code on the Details tab. BugCheck events have that information on the General tab. – Ben N Jul 5 '16 at 18:33
  • There is no message there either. There is BugCheck Code and some other numbers but no actual message that I saw on a "blue screen". – Boykodev Jul 5 '16 at 18:54
  • @Boykodev Right, you need to look up the code in the code reference. I'll make that clearer in my answer. – Ben N Jul 5 '16 at 18:54
  • So no way to see an error message again? Because googling the BugCheck Code not giving me that message. – Boykodev Jul 5 '16 at 18:56

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