Sitting down, working on your laptop or PC, writing articles, or doing other day-to-day basic tasks, and BOOM! Suddenly your screen turns completely blue! Just like that, out of the blue! We all know how frustrating that can be. Having an encounter with Window’s Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is never a fun one.
If you have used any version of Windows, you will have encountered a BSOD error. This means that something is wrong to a point where your gadget can’t continue or restart itself. It can appear at any moment and will not give you a warning before it does. However, it is relatively easy to fix. But before you can fix what’s wrong, let’s look at what is a BSOD.
What Is The Blue Screen Of Death?
The Blue Screen of Death is a screen that is displayed when the health of your operating system is bad or your computer is at the point where it is dying. However, for Windows 11, it’s more of an optimization issue and not majorly related to your hardware.
I can relate to you because I have been a victim of BSOD but don’t worry! BSOD doesn’t mean it’s the end; in this article, I wrote down some of the best ways you can fix this issue. Please read the full article to help you in solving your problem.
BSOD IN WINDOWS 11
The blue screen of death appears as the Black Screen of Death in Windows 11. It has the exact same layout, only different color. However, in its latest build, the traditional blue was reinstated. So, if you encounter a Black Screen of Death, you’re probably using an older build.
WHAT CAUSES WINDOWS 11 BSOD?
The Windows BSOD occurs because of the following:
- Hardware issues
- Incompatible or outdated device drivers
- Damaged or missing system files
- Faulty or buggy app installation
- Corrupted update components
How To Fix BSOD On Windows 11
When you encounter a blue screen with an error message, you are in a position where you can’t get past the login screen. In this case, you must reboot your device in the Safe Mode; only then you’ll be able to apply the steps below:
REMOVE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL HARDWARE
With Windows 11, your printer, mouse, keyboard, etc., could be causing a problem. So, it is best to remove all peripheral devices from your PC and then restart your computer. If any of these devices are responsible for the error, your computer will start working correctly.
CHECK FOR CORRUPTED HARD DISK
Using any disk drive for long-time results in blocking some of its sectors. This makes it difficult to use. Check the bad sectors on your hardware and remove any if found. All you need to do is:
- Run Command Prompt as Administrator.
- Type chkdsk:/f/r/x and hit enter.
- CHKDSK then asks you to launch itself when you restart the device.
- Confirm by pressing Y.
- Hit enter on the keyboard.
- Reboot your device, and the disk will start scanning.
- When the disk is reviewed, you will get a health status report.
- This will fix any issue if repairable.
- If not repairable, buy a new HDD.
BSOD could be because of malfunctioning of your PC. To confirm if this is the case or not, try:
- Click Win+R at the same time to open the RUN dialog.
- Type mdsched.exe.
- Click OK to launch Windows Memory Diagnostic.
- Select “Restart now and check for problems(recommended).”
- The system will automatically restart.
- Inspection of RAM begins.
- Upon finishing the inspection, the diagnostic tool will show you a Windows 11 PC stats report.
SCAN AND REMOVE MALICIOUS CODE
There is a good chance that your ISO could have been injected by hackers with malicious code, and when you clean install OS and connect it to the servers, an error arises in the form of BSOD. Perform a full system scan using a security tool. Use PC Repair Tool for that purpose.
USE SYSTEM FILE CHECKER
Often, when we remove or uninstall a program, there are some leftover files on your PC. By scanning with SFC, you can recognize and repair them:
- Press Windows+S to launch Search Window.
- Type CMD.
- Right-click on the top result.
- Choose Run as Administrator.
- When the Command Prompt launches, type SFC/scannow
The SFC scans for faulty files and folders and repairs them. When completed, you will receive a list of all the SFC fixed issues. Reboot your device afterward.
RUN DISK CLEANUP TOOL
Temporary files keep piling up, resulting in a system crash. This usually happens when there’s a system update, removal of some applications, etc. Manually clean the device once a month to avoid having this issue.
INSTALL OPTIONAL DRIVER UPDATE
Sometimes, outdated drivers can interfere with the core system files. This causes BSOD.
- Press Windows+I to go to settings.
- Click Windows Update.
- Select check for updates.
- If available, update your PC.
RESET UPDATE COMPONENTS
It is possible that updated components are being corrupted, causing your PC to show BSOD. You can try stopping/restarting all essential services along with renaming Windows Cache folders.
REBUILD BOOT CONFIGURATION DATA
If your Boot Configuration gets corrupted, you can be dealing with BSOD. Here’s how to fix that:
- Attach USB with installation media.
- Restart the device.
- BIOS loading, click on supported function keys such as F2, F4, F9, Esc, or Del to launch the Boot Menu.
- Go to Choose.
- Click Troubleshoot.
- Go to Advanced Options.
- Click on Command Prompt and type bootrec/scanos, bootrec/fixmbr, bootrec/fixboot, bootrec/rebuildcd after one another.
- Reboot the device.
SEARCH FOR WINDOWS 11 BSOD ERROR CODE
When you receive BSOD, you will see a few lines about the issue, and it will be accompanied by an error code. The solution for this lies in the error message or the code it bears. Scan that code, and it will redirect you to a website containing troubleshooting tips.
USE SYSTEM RESTORE
Restore points are helpful when your device starts running abruptly. Use this to help you clear the issue.
This was all on how to fix BSOD if you are ever to encounter one. As scary as it may sound, it’s relatively easy to set. We’ve tried to make these steps as simple as possible to help you out with your problem.
If you are still encountering problems, it would be best to seek professional help from the team at Windows. We hope our article paved the way for an easy and smooth recovery!