It’s a fact; Windows Vista is still prone to some of the annoyances faced by older versions of Windows. One of the most common issues is the notorious Vista Blue Screen of Death or simply, the BSOD. Everything can be going fine one day and the next you know… you are stuck with a blue screen bearing some incomprehensible computer language. It can be a terribly frustrating experience but don’t panic; this article will provide you with some helpful tips for dealing with the Vista Blue Screen of Death.
Troubleshoot and Resolve…
The best way to troubleshoot the dreaded blue screen is to present yourself with a few questions.You can also get a free PC Performance Scan that might show your error.
Here are some more troubleshooting tips:
Did You Recently Install Any New Software or Hardware?
If you installed a new program or device, it could be the cause of your blue screen error. Why? Well, older systems like XP are still widely used and therefore, some devices are not compatible with Vista. If you installed new hardware such as a printer, digital camera or graphics card, remove it. If it is a new program, try booting your PC in Safe Mode and then uninstall the software.
Is There a Software Conflict?
Conflict between software applications running on a PC is one of the most common causes of the Vista Blue Screen of Death. This is especially the case with security programs such as anti-virus software. For example, if you have Norton anti-virus installed along with a similar security firewall program developed by McAfee, these applications will usually find conflict and your PC is the one to suffer. In most cases, all you have to do is remove one of the programs and your blue screen errors will be long gone.
Extract Core Files
Another common cause of the Vista Blue Screen of Death is the presence of malicious software, usually a virus infection. A virus can infect up to six of the core system files on Windows Vista.
When this is the case, these files need to disinfected or replaced with clean versions. You can do this by extracting the files from a service pack disk or using a recovery tool. These methods are recommended because most anti-virus software programs are designed to remove infected items and these files are critical to your operating system.
Analyze the Blue Error Screen Message
When encountering the Vista Blue Screen of Death, one of the first things you need to do is review the message that comes along with the error. If this is a reoccurring problem, disable the “Automatic restart on fatal error” option so the message will be displayed long enough for you to jot down the STOP code details and find out what’s going on. After gathering this information, visit the Microsoft website and see if you can match it up with a patch or update that resolves the problem. Good luck!
Notes on How to Fix the Vista Blue Screen of Death Error:
- A faulty stick of ram can also cause a blue screen of death.