Microsoft Windows users are aware of the blue screen of death (BSoD). If your operating system faces a critical error, you will get BSoD which is basically an error message. Blue screens usually appear whenever there is a fault in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 or a registry error or an error occurs that cannot be corrected.
The blue screen error codes do not explain the cause of the error and that is the frustrating part about it. Error messages that can appear on your screen can be something like this: “Windows 10 blue screen error irql_not_less_or_equal”, “critical_process_died” or “windows 10 blue screen video_dxgkrnl_fatal_error”. However the majority of the time, you have to research more in order to understand what has caused the blue screen error and how to fix it.
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Most Common Blue Screen Errors For Windows 10
Blue screen errors can usually occur on Windows 10 when you push your system to its limits, upgrade to the latest version of Windows, or boot up your PC and launch Windows. There is normally the same issue that is responsible for these errors and that is a buggy bit of code. It is a hardware problem. You might have tried to install an upgrade but you did not do it correctly you might have attempted to run a software that is incompatible with Windows or your device.
Fixing A Windows 10 BSoD Error After Or During An Upgrade
If your system is working properly as it shows the blue screen error code, it will cancel out the damage and then return to the former condition before you began to do what you were doing. However it won’t solve the issue, it will just remove it. That is a problem because you’ll continue to see the error every time you try to upgrade Windows 10 until you understand the cause behind the error.
The following can be some of the reasons that are causing the error.
1. Not Enough Space On Your Hard Drive
You are unable to install the upgrade correctly because your primary hard drive doesn’t have sufficient space needed to install it properly and that is why blue screen error code can appear. Check whether you have enough space on your primary drive once your system has rebooted and if there is not much space then clear out some and try again.
How to clear space on your primary hard drive:
Go to Settings and click Apps & features. It will show a list of all your installed apps. Check which are the apps that you don’t use too often and uninstall them to clear out some space.
2. Flawed Upgrade Files
The blue screen can appear during an upgrade because the upgrade files are not downloaded correctly. There could be a flaw in them or they could be damaged in some way. If you have sufficient space on your main hard drive, then this is most likely the reason why you see the BSoD.
How to fix this problem?
Remove the downloaded upgrade files and then re-download them.
Go to the Windows 10 settings menu, click System and then Storage. Find the Storage sense option and click the Free-space now option. Check the option Windows Temporary files which store all the damaged upgrade files. Uncheck all the other options and only keep the Temporary Windows installation files button checked. Once it is done, install the upgrade again
Fixing A Windows 10 Blue Screen Error On Start-up Or During Normal Use
If blue screen codes appear during start-up or during normal use, recall what you were doing before BSoD flashed up. It is true that your system can sometimes undo the problem and reboot to its former condition automatically but it is equally possible that it will go into a repeating BSoD cycle and you’ll have to undo the action that caused the issue.
If You Can Boot Windows After The Blue Screen Of Death
Even if the Windows boot normally yet you need to undo whatever you did or uninstall whatever you installed that could be the reason behind the problem, whether that be an update, a driver, or a program.
How to uninstall an update:
Go to Settings, click Update & Security, then click Windows Update, then View your update history, and then Uninstall updates. It will show a list of all your updates. Check the one that has caused the problem, either click right on it and delete or select delete or simply double-click on it.
How to uninstall a program:
Open the Control Panel, click the Program, and then click Uninstall a program. Then select the program you want to delete by right-clicking on it and select uninstall from the menu.
How to uninstall a hardware driver:
Click Start and open the Device Manager. Select the device that is causing the problem and right-click on the device driver you want to delete and click Uninstall.
If You Can’t Boot Windows And You’re Stuck In A Blue Screen Loop
If your system restarts and crashes to a BSoD continuously, you need to enter Safe Mode so that you can uninstall the problem causing program, driver, or update. You might need to consider a system restore.
How to boot in Safe Mode:
Press F8 and shift simultaneously as your PC is booting. However, the issue with this is that Windows 10 has a fast boot procedure, which creates a good possibility of you missing your chance to boot.
If this happens then use a Windows 10 installation disc or recovery drive.
How to do so:
Insert the disc and boot your machine. Click Next, click Repair your computer, Troubleshoot, Advanced options, Startup Settings, and Restart. As soon as your computer restarts, choose either Enable Safe Mode or Enable Safe Mode with Networking.
How to start Windows 10 in safe mode:
As soon as Safe Mode is enabled, you can uninstall whatever was causing the issue by just following the guidelines given above.
Blue Screen error codes are the result of something that has been done to the system. It can happen because of some action taken either by us manually or by the system automatically. The solution is to find out the reason due to which the Blue Screen of Death appeared and retract whatever steps were taken.
Some of the best ways to get rid of the most common blue screen errors are given above. However, if nothing works, there is a nuclear option that will work anyway and that is: reinstall Windows.