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Blue Screen of Death Disappears

by Oscar Sodani
July 6, 2004

Oscar Sodani is a founder of Help2Go and owner of Help2Go Networks, an IT consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area. Oscar holds the CISSP certification as well as industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Novell.

My computer keeps getting the Blue Screen of Death, but it reboots before I have a chance to write the error down. How do I found out what the error message is?

To stop the Blue Screen of Death from disappearing, follow these instructions:

-Right-click on My Computer
-Choose Properties
-Click the Advanced tab
-Under Startup and Recovery, click the Settings button
-Make sure that "write an event to the system log" and "Send an administrative alert" are CHECKED
-UNCHECK "Automatically restart"
-Hit OK, next time the Blue Screen appears, write down the first few lines of the message.
-Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base for your error and for tips on how to fix it.

Now the Blue Screen will stay on the screen whenever Windows crashes. You can always go back and re-check that box if you like (or if your PC crashes a lot).

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