BSOD – Blue Screen Of Death

BSOD or Blue Screen Of Death is a blue error screen seen on windows operating system. The text on the error screen contains the code of the error along with four error-dependent values in parentheses, to help software engineers fix the problem that occurred.

In Microsoft Windows NT-based operating systems, the blue screen of death occurs when the kernel or a driver running in kernel mode encounters an error from which it cannot recover. This is usually caused by an illegal operation being performed. The only safe action the operating system can take in this situation is to restart the computer. As a result, data may be lost, as users are not given an opportunity to save data that has not yet been saved to the hard drive.

What does a BSOD display?

Depending on the error code, BSOD may display the address where the problem occurred, along with the driver which is loaded at that address. Under Windows NT and 2000, the second and third sections of the screen may contain information on all loaded drivers and a stack dump, respectively. The driver information is in three columns – the first lists the base address of the driver, the second lists the driver’s creation date (as a Unix timestamp), and the third lists the name of the driver.

However the information on-screen is limited and possibly misleading, as it may hide the true source of the error. This is where a BlueScreenView helps.

By default, Windows creates a memory dump file when a blue screen error occurs. Depending on the OS version, there may be several formats this can be saved in, ranging from a 64kB “minidump” to a “complete dump” which is effectively a copy of the entire contents of physical RAM.

BlueScreenView is a tiny application that recovers the dump file created by any blue screen of death encountered recently and displays the information about all crashes in one table, so that you can look into the error message and look for possible solutions. The program can display the saved dump files as drivers list or just as the original blue screen, and also generate a report in HTML with all the information displayed on the interface.

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Features of BlueScreenView:

  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
    BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.

How to use BlueScreenView?

BlueScreenView doesn’t require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file – BlueScreenView.exe.After running BlueScreenView, it automatically scans your MiniDump folder and display all crash details in the upper pane.

Free download BlueScreenView from here and enjoy.

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