In this guide, Ill cover how to fix some of the most common causes of the BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). As a computer user, odds are you’ve at least heard of this screen, or possibly even experienced the frustration that comes with seeing it. You’re browsing the web, checking your email, or whatever it is you enjoy doing on your PC, and suddenly, youre staring at a bright blue screen and Windows is telling you to shut down. Not a fun place to be.
Luckily, a little bit of time spent on maintenance can get you back up and running smoothly. First off, go ahead & clean out your PC case.
Once the inside of your case is clean, it’s time to perform a little ‘spring cleaning’ on your computer’s hard drives. To do this, go ahead & turn on your computer & keep tapping F8 about twice per second as your computer starts up. Eventually, you’ll get to a screen that lets you choose between a few options, one of which will be something along the lines of Boot in Safe Mode. Safe Mode will usually avoid most errors that would cause a Blue Screen of Death, so in order to fix a BSOD, this is where we want to be.
Go ahead & do that, and once you have Safe Mode loaded, bring up the Command Prompt. Depending on the version of Windows installed on your computer, there are a few ways to do this:
[Windows Key] + R = Run, in the Run dialog box, type CMD
Windows 7 & Vista
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Run, then type CMD into the Run dialog box.
Once you have the Command Prompt open (a black box with some text in it), go ahead & type the following into it:
chkdsk C: /r
This will scan your computer’s hard drive (in this case, C:), and fix any errors found on the hard drive during the scan. This process can take awhile (up to several hours depending on the drive and how many files are stored on it), so go ahead & give it some time to finish. Repeat this process for each hard drive attached to your computer, making sure to change the drive letter to match the hard drive to be scanned each time.
Next, go ahead & update the drivers associated with the hardware on your computer. To do this, open your computer’s Device Manager. Again, there are varying ways to do this depending on the version of Windows that is installed on your computer.
Windows XP [Windows Key] + R = Run, in the Run dialog box, type devmgmt.msc
Windows 7 & Vista Start > Right Click on Computer > Properties > Device Manager Now, expand each section of the Device Manager and right-click on each device in the list, then click Update Drivers.
After that, go ahead & restart your computer. With a little luck, you should be Blue-Screen free!