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Blue Screen of Death

Why Do I Get the Blue Screen of Death Every Time I Boot?    

The blue screen of death (BSOD) is one of the major problems windows users face often. It happens most often if you are using Windows NT or subsequent versions built on this technology such as Windows XP, Windows 2000, or even Windows Vista. This is a type of Stop Error halts the operating system after showing a blue screen. BSOD acquired its name due to the blue screen that appears after the system encounters a problem and the system comes to a standstill indicating death of the session. You need to reboot the system again to continue the work.  

You will see various error messages displayed on the blue screen listing certain file names and some hexadecimal codes. These are the names of the files that caused the error and their memory addresses. If you write down these details before rebooting the system, it will help you to track down the exact cause of the problem and can aid in fixing it.  

The major cause for BSOD is corruption of your system registry due to a virus or spy ware infection. The malicious programs often alter or damage the windows system registry entries. If this is the case, then you will get the blue screen each time you boot the system.  

Another reason for this critical error can be due to corruption of certain driver files. While trying to load these files, the system can encounter errors and thus will be unable to proceed further. If the RAM is defective, the system halts instantly showing blue screen.  

In such situations, booting the system by pressing F8 will display a variety of starting options on the screen such as Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Network Option, Safe Mode with Dos, etc. You need to select "Start with Last Known Good Configuration". This will restore the registry entries from its backups and thereby get rid of corrupted entries in the registry.   If this doesn't work, then scan your system with effective registry scanner software. There is registry cleaning software available on the market. In most cases, a registry cleaner will remove all malicious software from your system, and repair the registry entries that caused the BSOD.

If this doesn't work, then you can manually edit the registry entries to remove the corrupted entries in the registry using the regedit program which comes with windows operating system. However, to do this you have to be a power user and knowledgeable in how the operating system works, otherwise you will cause more damage rather than fixing the problem.  

If none of these work and still you are facing the BSOD problem, taking a backup of all important files, reformat the hard disk and load the Operating System. This will solve the problem. However, you need to make sure that your system is free from any virus of spy ware. You can do this by installing effective anti virus and anti spy ware software and updating them regularly.  


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