Fixing Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10

Windows 10 too has the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or Stop Error screen that appears when you are in the middle of something, upgrading the operating system, when booting or simply working on your PC. While some are facing Black Screen problem, a few are facing BSOD problems. We take each scenario and explain what to do in each case.

Blue Screens in Windows 10/8 are simple and do not display Stop Error information. You may have to force Windows 10/8 to display Stop Error details.

Blue Screen of Death when upgrading to Windows 10

When upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you may face BSOD. Normally, this would happen due to BIOS settings. In some cases, the error could be due to corrupted download of the installer.

Blue Screen of Death Windows 10

If you get the Blue Screen Of Death when upgrading, the installer will take you back to the original operating system. From there, you have to run the upgrade installer again. You will not be stuck with a half installed Windows 10. But installation files will be there on your C: Drive that you’d need to clean before running the upgrade again. You will have to delete all files in Software Distribution folder under Windows folder. You will also have to remove Windows~BT folder from C Drive.

After deleting these files, go to the BIOS (press DEL while booting up) and enable UEFI Boot before trying to upgrade again. It would be better if you use the installation media provided by Microsoft to upgrade. The in-place upgrade takes too much time and might again cause a problem. Just go your original operating system. Then run Setup.exe from the installation media you created. It should help you get around BSOD while upgrading to Windows 10.

Blue Screen of Death while Booting Windows 10

There are two scenarios when booting Windows 10. In the first scenario, you can access the desktop while in the second, the Blue Screen of Death won’t even let you reach the desktop and you are stuck in a loop of computer restarts.

The main reasons why BSOD appears are:

  1. Some Windows driver causing conflict or
  2. Some Windows Update gone wrong. If the latter is the reason, you have to remove and block the update that caused Blue Screen of Update.

If you can access the desktop, go to Settings and then Windows Updates. Click on Advanced and then on View Installed Updates. See the date of the updates and remove the ones installed on the date after which, the BSOD is appearing. If removing the updates fixes the problem, block the update from reinstalling itself.

If the problem is a driver update, you need to see if any drivers were installed lately. The process is same as above. You will see driver updates in Installed Updates. But after removing the update, I suggest you block automatic driver updates from Microsoft. Using a third party tool that allows you to select the driver version is better. That way you will be playing it safer.

BSOD reboot loop prevents access to Desktop

If you are stuck in a Blue Screen of Death reboot loop, Windows 10 will automatically go into the Repair mode after a while. From there, use the System Restore facility to fix the issue. Click on System Restore and select a date/point before you started getting BSOD. System Restore will restore your computer to a prior time, removing any changes made to your computer by Windows Update. It will not affect your files.

Blue Screen of Death while working on Windows 10

The causes can again be a Windows Update, a device driver update or a recently installed hardware. To make sure the updates are the reason, use the method explained above to isolate problem update and then block it.

If you installed any hardware recently, shut down your computer and remove the hardware. Then boot and go to Device Manager (WinKey+Break). If the hardware is still listed there, uninstall it. Reboot to see if the issue is fixed.

If you need a walkthrough, see if the Windows 10 Blue Screen Troubleshooter helps you.

Related reads:

  1. DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION Blue Screen in Windows 10
  2. INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE error in Windows 10
  3. SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED Stop Error in Windows 10
  4. Kernel Security Check Failure error.

These are some basic tips to help you fix Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10 under different scenarios. For a more detailed BSOD guide you may visit the following links:

  1. 15 most common Stop Errors or BSODs in Windows
  2. 10 more common Windows Blue Screen Stop Errors.

Read: Purple, Brown, Yellow, Red, Green Screen of Death explained.

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