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Fixing Blue Screen Errors

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Just about every Windows user is familiar with the infamous ‘Blue Screen of Death’ or BSOD. The page with the screen full of confusing white text against a beautiful peacock blue background that pops up right when you least expect it and ends up losing all your work to that point because there’s no way to avoid a system reboot after it. That is if you are lucky enough to have the issue go away following that reboot, but sometimes, the problem has deep roots and won’t go away easily, only getting more and more frequent until you’re convinced there’s something wrong with your computer. And while you may be right, the problem may lie elsewhere and not really a defect with your computer.

The Blue Screen of Death occurs once Windows encounters a critical problem from which it cannot recover without halting operations to a stop after posting the diagnosis of the problem in the form of the Blue Screen error. In more recent versions of Windows, the remnants of the PC’s memory till that point are saved to a dump file for analysis later by an expert.

Now let’s look at the causes and their fixes.

1. Drivers

Cause: Pretty much the number one cause has to do with drivers. Drivers form the nervous system of your computer, bridging the communications between Windows and the devices in your computer. If any of your drivers happen to be out-of-date, corrupt or in some cases, the completely wrong driver itself, it will send Windows for a tizzy when it’s called upon to perform a task and result in a critical error that ends up with a Blue Screen error.

Fix: There is an enormous number of devices in any computer today. Trying to uncover which device’s driver is causing the Blue Screen error can be very difficult and time-consuming even for experts, let alone general computer users. However,  a lot of computers that had malfunctioning drivers causing Blue Screen errors were looked at, and installed and ran a software called DriverUpdate on them. What DriverUpdate does is search out the latest drivers for every device in your computer from it’s vast internet database, known as a "cloud" and installs the drivers for you. This search seeks out the safest and best-tested drivers to guarantee system stability.

2. Registry

Cause: Registry errors are one cause. Without going into too much detail, the registry is set of entries and instructions made by every program and application that is installed and running on your system. So if any of these registry entries are somehow corrupted or deleted, the program or device that depends on it is likely to malfunction and result in an error.

Fix: Only experts with thorough knowledge on how to edit the registry can repair it. Even so, it can be beyond repair sometimes. In such cases, there are usually two alternatives. One is to use Windows System Restore to go back to a restore point from an older date before the registry was affected, but this can be slow and cumbersome. The best solution is to download and use SlimCleaner Plus. ( click here to download SlimCleaner Plus )

3. Memory

Cause: Memory refers to your Random Access Memory (RAM) modules, which are used to store temporary data that Windows uses during regular operation. If your memory is defective, it will lose the information that Windows stores on it periodically during operation and when Windows wants to access that information and doesn’t find it, it won’t be able to continue with the task and result in a Blue Screen error.

Fix: We have compiled a guide on fixing memory problems see link.