The infamous Blue Screen of Death also known as a stop error or Blue Screen of Doom or BSoD, is a colloquialism used for the error screen displayed by some operating systems ( in this case, Microsoft Windows ) when system detects a problem or encountering a critical system error which it can’t recover. In this situation, the operating system halts and diagnostic information is displayed on a blue screen. The Blue Screen of Death are usually caused by device driver error or malfunctioning hardware.

 

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In Microsoft Windows NT based operating systems, such Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP, occurs when the kernel or a driver running in kernel mode encounters an error from it cannot recover by system. This situation is usually caused by an illegal operation being performed and make operating system can take action to restart the computer. By default, Microsoft Windows creates a memory dump file when a blue screen of death error occurs, for later analysis. So, how to ensure our Microsoft Windows operating system ( based on Microsoft Windows NT ) to create a memory dump file when a Blue Screen of Death occurs ..? To do so, open the System Properties dialog box from Control Panel and go to the Advanced tab and then click settings at Startup and Recovery. See detail at picture bellow.

 

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A Blue Screen of Death can also be caused by a critical boot loader error. In the situation where the operating system is unable to access the boot partition due to incorrect storage drivers, a damage file system or similar problems. In this case, there is no memory dump saved. We can correction this problem with booting from the Microsoft Windows CD installer and performing a repair install or using the Recovery Console.

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