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Blue Screen of Death Goes Black for Windows 8

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 68 comments

Once you go black...

Ah, the Blue Screen of Death has been a part of the Windows computing experience since the old days of 3.x, surviving today still in Windows 7. There are early signs, though, that Windows 8 could do away with them forever.

Of course, Windows 8 should be the most stable of them all whenever it's released, meaning that users should see fewer crashes than ever. On the chance that they do, it could be a black screen instead of that iconic blue screen.

A forum member on MyDigitalLife noted a new sort of error screen in an unfinished version of Windows 8 that looks like this:

WinRumors noted that it's not unheard of for Microsoft to change the colors of its error screens in the final release. For example, Window Vista beta versions had a red screen of death, which eventually reverted back to blue on the final release.

In any case, the BSoD will still be a BSoD.

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    Anonymous , April 26, 2011 3:06 PM
    lolz
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    irish_adam , April 26, 2011 3:09 PM
    "Of course, Windows 8 should be the most stable of them all whenever it's released"

    >_> yeah right just like ME should have been more stable than 98?

    anyway every operating system has problems when its first released, i remember XP wasnt that great when it first came out and i stuck with 98 until service pack 1
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    bejabbers , April 26, 2011 3:11 PM
    As long as the black screen contains the same information as the blue screen, then it doesn't matter. Only computer idiots hate the BSOD, people who know what they're doing rely on it to figure out what's causing the system failure.
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    Marco925 , April 26, 2011 3:13 PM
    Geez... could it be dumbed down any further?
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    Gucio , April 26, 2011 3:31 PM
    Hahahahaha, it still will be called BSOD.
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    Zeh , April 26, 2011 3:32 PM
    "In any case, the BSoD will still be a BSoD."
    I came here just to post that.. lol
    Would be really weird to call it RSoD or something like that.
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    Ciuy , April 26, 2011 3:42 PM
    black is more grim :) 
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    teodoreh , April 26, 2011 3:45 PM
    Same here. Microsoft can use Black, Brown or Blue colors for their screens of death! ;D
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    pelov , April 26, 2011 3:49 PM
    Windows has a tendency to release a good OS followed by a bad one.

    Win 2k > win ME > win xp > vista > 7 > 8?

    Granted, 2k and ME were released very close to each other and perhaps for separate markets, they ultimately ended up competing against each other and ME was definitely the worse off.

    Any takers on windows 8 being a disappointment or a success?
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    drwho1 , April 26, 2011 3:50 PM
    I have seen the black screen of death on win7, is a bit different than the blue (different message) but still helpful.
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    tical2399 , April 26, 2011 3:50 PM
    bejabbersAs long as the black screen contains the same information as the blue screen, then it doesn't matter. Only computer idiots hate the BSOD, people who know what they're doing rely on it to figure out what's causing the system failure.


    Wow, that has got to be the most condesending thing I have ever read anywhere on any topic. congrats for being possible the world's biggest tech snob.
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    davewolfgang , April 26, 2011 3:50 PM
    Actually being a computer guy - most ALL BSoD's are from hardware problems or 3rd party driver problems - not actually Windows itself. The BSoD is Windows (like it says) preventing any further programming damage.
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    Burodsx , April 26, 2011 4:05 PM
    Atleast black is easier on the eyes.
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    jgutz2006 , April 26, 2011 4:20 PM
    why dont they just do something like make the screen even more hated by having blue text on red bg or red on green, anything that strains the eyes
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    ubercake , April 26, 2011 4:24 PM
    Nice touch... Impressive.
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    restatement3dofted , April 26, 2011 4:25 PM
    tical2399Wow, that has got to be the most condesending thing I have ever read anywhere on any topic. congrats for being possible the world's biggest tech snob.


    You must not spend much time on the internet.
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    tical2399 , April 26, 2011 4:37 PM
    Restatement3dOfTedYou must not spend much time on the internet.


    I actually spent too much time on the net, but still I have yet to see that level of ass-hattery on forums even on the uber tech leet linux/android forums.
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    jednx01 , April 26, 2011 4:37 PM
    Lol. This changes EVERYTHING... Seriously though, does microsoft really want to be advertising that they are updating their infamous error message screen so that it can be used in their newest system? That doesn't seem like something though you'd go advertising...
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    rgs80074 , April 26, 2011 4:42 PM
    should have a skull and crossbones on it, that would make it slightly funny
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    arunloveshacking , April 26, 2011 4:46 PM
    Well, It should ACTUALLY kill people, so they wont complaint against MS for reports!@!
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