Windows 10 is an excellent version of the OS, more and more users like running a computer with Windows 10 operating system. Sometimes you’ll come across problems such as blue screen of death errors, as with any piece of software.
A “blue screen”, also called Stop Error, is what’s commonly known as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) which is usually hardware or software related. If you encounter Windows10 blue screen of death error, you will see a message as shown below.
Windows 10 blue screen of death error usually happens when starting your computer, or while upgrading to a new version of the OS.
Disclaimer: please always make backup copy of your files before using any of advices provided here. If not sure, seek a qualified assistance!
How to troubleshoot and fix Windows 10 blue screen of death error?
Attention: We stored massive important files from family pictures and videos to important business documents on our computer. These data can be easily lost during the process of troubleshooting BSOD error. We can make a backup before solving this Stop Error.
1. Undo the change you made
If you have installed a new program or a piece of hardware, update a driver, install a Windows update, etc. you may encounter the blue screen of death error.
Now, undo the change you made. Then, you can restart your computer to test again the blue screen of death error.
2. Update your BIOS
In some situations, outdated BIOS could cause a BSOD Error due to certain incompatibilities. Thus, try updating your BIOS.
3. Scan your computer for viruses
Some viruses can cause a Blue Screen of Death. Make sure your virus scanning software is completely up to date and then use it to scan your computer to see if there is some virus which could cause the BSOD error. You can search for related information on the developer or manufacturer website if you are not sure how to update your database of your antivirus program.
4. Check if you have enough space left
Windows 10 blue screen of death error, data corruption and other serious issues can occur if there is not enough free space on your primary partition (C:) which is used to store Windows operating system. Please make sure that you have enough room on your Disk C to store the setup files of Windows 10.
Note: Microsoft recommends that you maintain at least 100 MB of free space but I usually advise you to keep at least 15% of a drive’s capacity free at all times.
5. Apply all available Windows service packs and other updates
Please click on Control Panel>System to check your service pack.
You can click on Settings and then choose Updates& security to check whether your computer has installed the latest released patches,
6. Update drivers for your hardware
As we know, most BSOD errors are hardware or driver related. Therefore, it is recommended to try updating drivers to troubleshoot the blue screen of death error.
7. Test System Memory and HDD
Test your memory card or hard drive. Replace them if they have problems.
a) Test Your System Memory
- First, press Windows key and R at the same time.
- Next, type exe in the run box and press OK button to continue.
- Choose Restart now and check for problems (recommended) to check the status of your memory card right now.
If you don’t see any error here, it’s likely that your memory card is not causing any issues. Otherwise, you need to replace it with a new one.
b) Run a Hard Disk Drive test
- Right-click this drive you want to test in Windows Explorer and then choose Properties.
- Click Tools tab and then click Check
You will see the notification like this if your hard disk drive is problem free.
8. System Restore
If the above solutions don’t work, try restoring the operating system to solve the blue screen of death error.
- Insert the Windows bootable drive to your computer and boot from it.
- Select your language preferences, and click Next.
- Click Repair your computer.
- Choose Troubleshoot.
- Click on System Restore.
- Then, follow the wizards to complete system restore.
Written by Anna Lan