Blue Screen of Death Lives On in Windows 8

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neal123

I have been reading all the replies here, i had a great deal of info, some significant most are not. But i shall say it very active page.

quotes about change

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Michael Ellis

Haha....I got this message....HAL Initialization Error....that's what you get for using Virtual PC with a Windows product.........wait a minute......

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LatiosXT

"You can search for the error online: [error]"

Thank you Microsoft. You finally shown people step one in diagnosing a BSOD. And as much as ambiguous errors names are an issue, the problem is that errors can be caused by multiple symptoms (only one needs to trigger it), and even the same symptom can cause multiple issues.

This is much better than Mac OS X's implementation, which is "Your computer has crashed, time to restart!". And if there is a hardware issue, well, you'd have to dig through the logs to find that.

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pastorbob

I can honestly say that I have never got the BSOD on WIndows 7 in the two years I have used it. And it's been several years since I have seen it on my only remaning XP machine.

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Cykotr0n.

Would be nice if instead of an error code they gave out a simpler and more user friendly way of telling us where it hit a wall. Like "Oops! One of the CPU clocks stopped reporting." or "It seems your GPU Returned some errors.". We need something better than an ambiguous Error line or line of error code to tell us where it hurts so we can mend it.

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eday_2010

Most of the blue screens of death I have ever gotten was a result of a problem with nVidia's drivers for one of their graphics cards.

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Link11

BSoD never frightend me. its just a message saying that your computer isnt working the way it should be and that it needs to be fixed

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warptek2010

They never frightened me either, just made me mad. Though you think the blue screen could actually offer some useful information that a lay person could decipher and know almost right away what is wrong? No, you have to dig through memory address mappings to find the culprit.

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Scatter

A BSoD is really just a crash.  Is it really that surprising that an operating system that runs an almost infinite combination of hardware and software combinations may at some point run into a combination that wasn't expected?  Its the price that we sometimes have to pay to be able to run out and purchase any motherboard, video card, sound card, cam, wireless device, etc... that we want and then run almost any type of program that we'd want. 

Besides, just because it exists doesn't mean that its a problem.  My Windows 7 PC hasn't blue screened on me once yet. 

 

/knocks on wood :)

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j_j_montez

Agreed. I never liked the BSoD nick name. It makes people panic more than they need to. It is amazing that we can throw nearly any configuration together, pop in the install disc, and it will work. (maybe install some extra drivers) I give props when it's due to Microsoft. Without them, compared to what else is out there, we would not have sub $500 computers that anybody could use. The Crash screen doesn't scare me.

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thetechchild

Well, I won't downplay the fact that Microsoft has made great contributions to the computing community. However, Linux and other organizations have made just as important ones, making most of Microsoft's rather redundant. Plus, I find it equally amazing that decades after the beginning of the PC/Internet revolution, we still don't have good, open standards that support ALL configurations -- it's not that hard, it's a matter of intellectual property that is somehow proprietary. Is it really that hard to make an API that all hardware makers conform to or at least support?

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Scatter

It sounds like you'd be better off with a Mac

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zeroibis

There needs to be like a nuke going off or something with a sign that says catastrophic error, your system died due to error code: xxxx

 

This would help users better understand how important the information on the screen is.

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AKShockwave

I didn't even think windows machines past xp still got bsod.

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Gezzer

I'm all for making the BSoD less alarming, but an emoticon? I had to check the date at first, no April's fool, so someone actually thinks this is a good idea? It undermines the potential seriousness of the situation. A BSoD is a major fault and even though the fix can be easy it can also be something really wrong with the system and shouldn't be trivalized.

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essjay22

Oh Look! My new favourite screensaver !

*snicker*

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Windows 8 looks like another OS for novices, kinda up-in-your-face with "all the things that are important to you!" This is Microsoft trying to beat Facebook in the race to control mobile devices--at the expense of PCs.

Again, Microsoft trying so hard to be trendy, and forgetting about their bread-and-butter revenue source.

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someuid

I think Microsoft should change the name from Windows 8 to Windows Pixie Dust.  Between this and the charms in the Metro UI, this OS seems designed more for happy advertising and feel good commercials than for actual work.

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Nimrod

It could be worse. A paper clip with a chat bouble telling you "Opps, it looks like your computer is trying to crash,  let me help."

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winmaster

Not to mention the paper clip speaks and is voiced by Gilbert Godfreed.

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quickone

now that's funny

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warptek2010

hehe, yeah, it could'a also been Son of Microsoft Bob. Bob has a son, and look... he's wearing a pretty ribbon!

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Blues22475

This could be a bad thing for techs who actually had to troubleshoot BSODing computers. Believe it or not, that chain of numbers and letters was helpful in finding out why the machine decided to BSOD.

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DasHellMutt

I agree it would be bad if they don't give the actual error message somewhere on that screen. But did you catch that part where it counts down before the reboot?!?!? Why the hell didn't they do that sooner?

 

I have done several format/reinstalls without ever being able to actually troubleshoot the issue because the customer had the default option to automatically reboot which prevents you from ever being able to read the BSOD. They've just come up with a simple, elegant fix for a very frustrating problem. I'm excited! It sounds like they're actually thinking these things through.

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grexxman

Having diagnosed numerous BSODs using the hex codes I agree.  But I hope they've replaced the hex codes with some meaningful errors that will save us techs from having to google it or recall it from memory.

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grexxman

The new BSOD seems to be pretty much the same as is predicesor minus the smooth text and emoticons.  I did laugh the first time I tried to boot to the CD while installing it on my VirtualBox machine.  It gave me an error saying "You can search for the error online: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (storachi.sys)" which lead me to change my virtual hard drive from a SATA Controller in AHCI mode to an IDE Controller resolving the issue.  I hope not to see too many of these new BSOD's but hopefully if I do, they provide some of these helpful errors.  I'm glad to see them add a sense of humor with the emoticon.  Makes me feel bad for my computer making me less inclined to smash into it with my stapler.

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TommM

You're kidding.  A sad smiley face?  Don't they remember how bad they failed by trying to be cute with that off-the-charts annoying Clippit?

Just give us the dang info, wouldja?

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noobstix

After getting my last BSOD over 2 years ago (Super Anti-Spyware + Windows 7 Beta = BAD), I think I got used to the old-school DOS-like BSOD.  However, if this makes any sort of message about a "Physical Memory Dump" less disturbing, I'd be all for it.

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