Starting with Windows Vista, the incidence of Blue Screens or Stop Errors have drastically come down. When Windows encounters a condition that compromises safe system operation (i.e. a “bug”), the system halts.
Windows 7 Blue Screen
This condition is called a ‘bug check’. It is also commonly referred to as a system crash, a kernel error, a system fault, or a Stop Error.
In XP, the Windows Error Reporting system was essentially manual, but has now been improved & streamlined in Windows 7 & Windows Vista. While this may the case, Blue Screens havent just vanished. You may still get to see them on Windows 7 too.
Usually when a BSOD occurs, it stays for a second before the PC immediately restarts. This way we are unable to read what is written. To get around it, one has to disable the auto PC restart option from the StartUp & System Recovery settings. Knowing the error code, can help identify the problem/solution.
Disable UAC. Control Panel > System And Maintenance > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced tab > Under Startup And Recovery > Click Settings > Clear the Automatically Restart check box > click OK. Enable UAC.
Windows 7 or Vista will attempt to fix the problem on its own in most cases, but if it cannot recover on its own, it will cause a blue screen.
Here is a window I got to see one of my only recent Windows 7 Blue Screen.
Windows 7 Stop Errors
If you happen to encounter a stop error, you may first want to check out our detailed guide on Windows Stop Errors.
The same guide basically applies to Windows 7 too. It covers :
Information on the Blue Screens
How to debug Memory Dumps
How to analyze your crash dumps with WhoCrashed.
How to trouble-shoot Windows Vista Stop Errors
What to do if you suspect that a Driver is causing Blue Screens
15 most common Stop Errors, their descriptions and their KB Help Articles
In addition, 10 more common Windows Blue Screen Stop Errors & possible work arounds may also help you.
- Microsoft Help: Resolving stop errors or blue screens in Windows
- Bug Check Codes & Description – TechNet
- MSDN – Blue Screen Data
- MSDN – NTDebugging
- GUIDE : Windows Vista ‘Stop Errors’ or ‘The Blue Screen Of Death’
- Analyze your crash dumps with WhoCrashed.
You may also want to take the help of BlueScreenView. It is a utility that cans all your minidump files created during ‘blue screen of death’ crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version). For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash.