How to Solve Blue Screen Errors Using WinDbg and BlueScreenView

MakeUseOf | 12/10/2018 | Gavin Phillips
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The Windows Blue Screen of Death visits us all at times. Sometimes, you expect it. At others, the specter of the blue screen looms unexpectedly large. Either way, it is frustrating, especially if you cannot quickly diagnose the issue.

Luckily, the blue screen always gives you an error code. But how do you figure out what that means? Well, you use a handy program like the Windows Debugger (WinDbg) or NirSoft BlueScreenView. Here’s your handy guide to solving blue screen errors!

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What Is a Blue Screen Error?

When Windows has a catastrophic error, the system crashes. The crash usually brings you a blue screen. The blue screen (affectionately known as the Blue Screen of Death, or BSoD) displays a whole load of information detailing the crash. Within the information is the why, where, and how the crash happened.

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What Causes Blue Screen Errors?

A blue screen error can have several causes, including:

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That’s only five potential causes. Within those, there are numerous specific errors. That’s where the blue screen of death error code steps in.

Windows 10 Crashing With a Blue Screen of Death? How to Troubleshoot It

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Did a Blue Screen of Death ruin your day? It comes without warning and it persists until you fix the underlying issue. We'll show you a few easy ways to troubleshoot your BSOD.

A blue screen of death error code gives you a specific error to troubleshoot. You can focus your efforts rather than take a guess at what went wrong and why. For instance, the code 0x80240034 WU_E_DOWNLOAD_FAILED means your Windows Update failed to download. Of course, that’s unlikely to cause a BSoD, but you see how the code has a specific error message.

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How Do You Fix a Blue Screen Error?

Fixing a blue screen error depends on the type of error. Sometimes, a cursory internet search is enough to...
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