Force Windows 10 / 8 to display the Stop Error information on Blue Screen

If you have been unlucky (or should I say lucky) enough to see a Blue Screen on your Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer, you may have noticed that they now appear to be more user-friendly, simpler and easier on the eyes.

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The message usually is simple and to the point. You have a sad emoticon and a simple message stating:

Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle and now it needs to restart. You can search for the error online.

The system does not display the detailed Stop error information. This behavior is by design in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 because it makes the blue screen cleaner.

Display Stop Error information in Windows 8

But if you want the Stop error information and details to be displayed – maybe to facilitate troubleshooting, do the following.

1] Visit KB2929742. Download and apply the HotFix 482230.

2] Once you have done this, open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl

Force Windows 8 to display the Stop Error information

Click Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type DisplayParameters in the Name field and then press Enter. Now right-click DisplayParameters > Modify.

In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK. The values are as follows:

  • 0 – Do not display the Stop error information
  • 1 – Display the Stop error information

Exit registry editor and restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

The next time you get a Blue Screen, you will see the detailed Stop error information.

Now read: Windows Stop Errors or Blue Screens Guide and Resources.

And well, in a lighter vein, if you are really missing the Blue Screen on Windows, go here. Want Designer Blue Screens – Go here! ūüėÄ

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.