As most of us, Windows users, it is most likely that, at least once, you have also seen the infamous “Blue Screen of Death”, and the first thing that comes to mind is Why? and How do I fix it?
Today, we will see the most common causes when this unexpected fatal error happens.
What causes the BSOD?
We must consider that the reason why Windows crashes and prompts the BSOD is, in fact, to prevent even more damage.
There are different situations, when the BSOD will show, such as while botting up, after a Windows update, after installing a third-party program, while playing a game or even when left ‘idle’.
Troubleshooting your PC
There will be 3 possible scenarios after your PC restarts:
Once you are in Windows recovery environment or Advanced options, you will see a few options. We’d suggest you to go to
Your PC may only restart and load Windows, normally.
If this were to be your case, you probably saw the BSOD more than a few times and kept on using your computer and we would advice you to contact an expert as the risk of data loss is very high, at this point.
- Command Prompt, It may look difficult but, with a simple command you get your problems fixed quickly.
- Creating restore points can help you fix your PC, but only if you have created them.
- StartUp Settings will modify Windows to run on basic features and attempt other advanced repairs.
- StartUp Repair may be useless, most of the time, unfortunately.
Solutions in Windows
If your computer restarts and you are able to log in to Windows, follow these steps:
Click on the “Windows Start Button”, located on the bottom left hand-side of your computer screen.
Use the search box to type “CMD”, right click on the CMD icon, select ‘Run as administrator’ and accept the User Account Control Permission Screen by Clicking “Yes”.
Once you see the Commant Prompt Manager, type this command:
and hit Enter.
This may take a few minutes, depending on your computer’ speed and how damaged Windows is. Be patient, and wait until it completes the process.
After sfc /scannow scans Windows, enter this command:
dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
and hit enter. Once again, wait until the process is completed.
Finally, once completed, type the following command:
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
and hit enter.
Restart your PC
Solutions in the 'Advanced Options' screen
Select the third option “StartUp Repair”. You don’t need to do anything else, other than wait, as Windows will attempt to fix itself automatically and reboot.
If you have created “restore points”, this is the most efficient and easiest option.
All you need to do is click on the first option that says “System Restore”, which will take. you to another page showing a calendar and the list of restore points available.
If you have configured your computer to create restore points, automatically, you will several options available.
Once you see this list, select a date where your computer was working without any problems and click next and then continue.
If you are working with a laptop, make sure the charger is connected.
The further the date from the date you are performing the restore, the longer it will take. Do not interrupt the ‘System Restore’ process.
Select Command Prompt and type the following command:
and hit enter.
It will take a few minutes to scan and fix your computer, according on your Operating System current state.
If your Operating System is severely damaged, this option may not work when booting up.
We hope these easy solutions have helped you to get your Windows computer fixed. You can always contact us if you have any issues while attempting to fix your computer.
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