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Getting a blue screen of death in Windows 7 is a common occurrence. It is so common, that it has been given the nickname “blue screen of death” or BSOD for short. Blue screens can vary, but they will almost always contain blue screens with white writing on them.
It can be a common occurrence, or happen suddenly. No matter the cause, Windows users are often annoyed by this as it can be an unexpected disturbance in workflow and a pretty big nuisance.
Luckily, users are not as worried when they see this as there are some ways to resolve this error.
Even though it is has been given the alarming name “blue screen of death” in many cases, there are ways to resolve this and get you right back to your day.
There are a number of easy steps to help you diagnose and repair BSOD for Windows 7.
In Windows 7, these error messages usually look like an old terminal screen and advise you that there is information being collected about what caused the crash.
What Causes Blue Screen of Death?
Blue screen Windows 7 errors happen when Windows experiences a critical failure and crashes. This can happen for a number of different reasons. It can be caused by hardware issues, software issues, driver issues or other apps crashing.
Windows 7 will produce what is known as a Stop message. From there, the only next step that Windows 7 can take is to restart your computer.
Programs do not have a chance to save the data during this process, which is one of the biggest issues when you experience a blue screen error.
When you see the blue screen of death, Windows is creating a small memory dump file after experiencing a crash.
The memory dump file can help you determine why Windows crashed. The file is meant to contain useful information to help you identify the reason you are experiencing BSOD.
Windows will attempt to provide you with information such as a list of loaded drivers, processor information and other details about the stop message.
This information can be helpful, but in some cases will require some technical knowledge in order to understand and diagnose the issue.
Although Windows will try to provide these details in small memory dump files, it may not always be easy to understand. Unfortunately, in many cases, the computer will restart too quickly before you have a chance to read the text within the error message.
To get information provided by Windows on memory dump files, you can visit their Windows support articles, you can also take some simple troubleshooting steps below.
Steps To Fix Blue Screen of Death Windows 7
Now that you know that you are experiencing BSOD with Windows 7, your next steps is to diagnose and troubleshoot.
Here are some ways to fix blue screen of death in Windows 7:
1. Install the latest drivers
2. Install updates
3. Run startup repair
4. System Restore
5. Fix memory or hard disk errors
6. Fix Master Boot Record
7. Reinstall Windows 7
1. Install the Latest Drivers
Having updated drivers can cause a variety of hurdles with your pc performance.
Drivers are important to your computer because they allow the operating system on your computer and other applications to connect and communicate with hardware.
Without updated drivers, your computer does not have the knowledge and resources to understand these connections.
Drivers can also be impacted by viruses on your computer.
There are a number of reasons you may want to update your drivers, not just in the case of blue screen Windows 7 issues.
You may need to update new drivers when you are installing video or audio options, games, printers or mouses.
Sometimes there may be new features added to existing hardware that will require a driver update.
This process can be done manually if you know which driver and operating system that you will need.
This process can be time-consuming and may require a bit of technical knowledge and time reading through instructions and putting the pieces together.
What triggers a blue screen of death?
A blue screen of death can be caused because of hardware or a driver (software) issue. A hardware failure can also trigger a BSOD.
What can I do if I get a Blue Screen of Death?
There are a few possible options that can solve the BSOD error and get you back to a working computer.
01. Restart or Power cycle your computer.
Firstly, we recommend that if your computer does not restarts itself, proceed with a computer power reset cycle – turn off your computer manually by pressing and holding the power button until the computer is off and switch it on again. If your computer loads Windows with no errors, it might be an isolated error.
02. Scan your computer for Malware and Viruses.
Malware can change files in the Windows system and trigger a Blue Screen of Death. Running a full PC scan can usually remove the infection and stop the BSOD occurring again.
03. Run Microsoft Fix IT.
This tool is provided by Microsoft and can automatically troubleshoot and detect errors in Windows and applies any available fixes.
To download this tool, go to the Microsoft website and search “fix it” on their search bar, and select your Windows version following the prompt. If you consider yourself to not be very good with computers, it is recommended to get the advice of a computer technician for this step.
04. Check that the RAM is properly connected to the motherboard.
A lot of BSOD errors are related to Memory modules. Check if your RAM is properly connected and firmly seated to your motherboard and that you are using compatible RAM sticks with proper channel speed.
Again, this step requires you being familiar with computers to understand how to handle RAM.
05. Faulty Hard drive.
A faulty Hard Drive can throw BSOD errors. This is normally a warning sign that your hard drive has started wearing out and might fail if not replaced soon, or your hard drive may just have some bad sector(s). The best solution is to perform a check disk to ensure your drive is healthy. To do so, please follow the instructions to this link provided by Microsft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/315265.
06. Check if a newly installed Device causing Blue Screen of Death.
If you have connected or installed a new device to your computer and a BSOD was triggered, try unplugging the device and check if your operating system is up-to-date, and the device driver is installed and up-to-date. Also check if the device is firmly installed and seated properly to the motherboard.
07. Update windows and apply any service packs and security updates available.
It is important to keep your computer’s operating system up-to-date with the latest patch and fixes available from Microsoft or make sure Windows updater is configured to check for updates regularly.
Still cannot find the source of the problem and a fix?
You can always seek advice from your computer vendor if your computer is still under warranty, or our experienced technicians here at Forerunner are always willing to advise you with the best options to undertake in order to solve your BSOD problems.