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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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Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer

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    Win+R -> type eventvwr -> ENTER :) Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 18:32
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    A description of where to check for events causing the BSOD would be relevant.
    – Norswap
    Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 10:42
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    Same for Windows 10.
    – zygimantus
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 19:11
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BlueScreenView by Nirsoft is a much better solution than Event Viewer; Event Viewer does work, but this provides the information in a better format and much faster.

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  • If you haven't tried BlueScreenView before check it out - I was incredibly surprised. I ran it and it pretty much told me straight out which 1 of my drivers was the problem on the first screen Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 2:01
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In Windows XP/2000/NT4, sort the System event log by the 'Source' heading. Look for an event source of SaveDump. In Vista/7/8 look for BugCheck. There will be a status code that you can look up, such as 0xC0000050. Change the C to a 0 before searching it on the web.

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If you have your pc set to capture minidumps, you can try Who Crashed, it automates looking for some of the common causes of BSODs.

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If the event log doesn't help (which it often doesn't for BSODs), and you're feeling adventurous, you can also set your system to automatically save a minidump of the crahs, and then use WinDBG to determine exactly what caused it. See https://web.archive.org/web/20101214165843/http://elliottback.com/wp/how-to-analyze-windows-xp-bsod-minidump-files/ for an example

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