Force Windows 10 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 10

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 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! 😀

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Dan

    Although it’s been about a year since I needed to use Nirsoft’s Blue
    Screen Viewer (bet my PC heard that and will start lurking!), obviously
    if I don’t get some more Windows 7 soon nobody’s going to have them in
    stock anymore, so foreseeing Windows 8.1 or higher in my future I’d like
    to ask: do either Windows 8 or 8.1 allow Blue Screen Viewer or similar
    utility to work? Or will simplified data be given in a Windows log?

  2. ShaHzad Kn

    Currently is there any known permanent solved fix for the BSoD?

  3. No 1-click fixes. But only some ways to troubleshoot them. 🙂

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