Dealing with the Bluescreen of Death
For computer users, there is little more terrifying than seeing the blue screen of death. It is the true epitome of terror and the ultimate devastation for any computer user. It represents the loss of all of your data on that computer.
Fortunately, all is not necessarily lost. Before you decide that your computer is now only an expensive paperweight now, it is worth your time to consider trying to get it repaired. A BSoD can sometimes be merely a way to safeguard your machine and its data until the problem that caused it is gone and it will shut itself down until this is the case.
Fix it yourself
Depending on how serious the issue is, it is entirely possible to fix a BSoD yourself provided you follow certain steps. The recommended steps for attempting to fix a BSoD are:
- Review the actions you have recently taken on your computer: If you recently installed a new piece of hardware or software, update or install a device driver or install a major update to your OS then it is likely that is the cause of the BSoD. Revert the change and test for the error again.
- Check how much free space your hard drive has: It’s possible that the BSoD may be occurring because you don’t have enough storage space on your primary partition where the OS is stored. If this is the case, remove any unnecessary files and retest for the Blue Screen.
- Return your hardware to its default settings: Unless you have a very good reason to do so, the resources that your hardware is configured to use should be set to default. Non-default settings can cause a Blue Screen of Death.
- Return BIOS settings to their default levels: An incorrectly configured BIOS can cause a number of issues, including a Blue Screen of Death.
- Perform a diagnostic test on hardware you are able to test: It is extremely likely that the cause of a Blue Screen of Death is that a piece of your computer’s hardware is failing or has failed
Have a professional repair your computer
Not all Bluescreens can be fixed by user repairs and some of them are serious enough to prevent access to your computer’s system. In this case, the optimal choice is to speak to a professional and arrange for it to be repaired. You might need only a few basic repairs to get your computer up and running again. This approach can save you a lot of money. It’s always less expensive and more convenient to pay for a repair than to have to buy a brand new computer.
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