The infamous and dreaded blue screen that appears on a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system can be a mystery.
While some blue screens occur without evident cause, it’s easier to isolate the cause and troubleshoot others. What exactly is a blue screen error and what are some common causes and remedies?
In short, a blue screen error occurs when Microsoft Windows encounters something causing instability such that it’s not able to continue running. The blue screen error can occur during different phases of running Windows such as during Windows installation, boot-up, run-time, or when Windows is shutting down.
The blue screen error message typically includes diagnostics information and hints as to what went wrong although the data can be vague.
A good way to take advantage of the error details is to type them into an internet search engine to see what other people have done to mitigate or repair the cause of alike blue screen errors.
It’s usually the case that when any type of error occurs on a computer, several other people at one time or another have encountered the same error and posted troubleshooting solutions for it. In short, Google is an excellent place to start the troubleshooting process.
Some blue screen errors occur and the computer may continue working fine afterward.
If this is the case, it might still be in one’s interest to figure out the cause; the error could flag a looming catastrophe which when finally occurs could set back business operations or normal daily tasks. The level of urgency really depends on what the computer is being used for. Some computers are used only for casual Internet surfing or other tasks with a relatively low priority and nothing more.
Contact us for a consultation if there is concern about a blue screen error coming from a computer.