Windows Stop Error On Startup
Windows Stop Error On Startup

The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is a critical error on Windows computers, usually indicating a system compromise due to hardware or software issues. It can lead to your computer freezing or crashing during startup.

Causes of BSOD

  1. Hardware Issues: Faulty hardware components like memory modules or hard drives.
  2. Software Problems: Conflicts or corrupted files within the operating system.
  3. Driver Issues: Outdated or incompatible drivers.
  4. Third-Party Software: Malware or other third-party software conflicts.
  5. System File Corruption: Corrupted system files leading to operating system instability.

Resolving BSOD Errors

Step 1: Basic Troubleshooting

Step 2: Advanced Troubleshooting

  • Review Stop Error Codes: Look up the specific stop error code in the event logs and search online for known resolutions or workarounds.
  • Hardware and Memory Tests: Run diagnostics to check for hardware problems.
  • Virus Scan: Use a reliable antivirus program to scan and remove any malware.
  • Memory Dump Analysis: Configure the system to create memory dump files for analysis after a crash.
  • SFC and CHKDSK Utilities: Use System File Checker (SFC) and Check Disk (CHKDSK) utilities to repair corrupted system files and disk errors. Run these from an elevated Command Prompt using commands like DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth followed by sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r​.

Step 3: Contact Vendor Support

  • If a specific driver or software is identified as the cause, contact the vendor for updates or support. In some cases, rolling back to a previous version or disabling the service may be necessary.

Step 4: Recovery Options

Preventing Future BSOD Errors

  • Regularly update your system and drivers.
  • Install trusted software and avoid downloading from unreliable sources.
  • Keep your antivirus software updated.
  • Monitor system performance and address issues promptly.


BSOD errors can be daunting but are often resolvable through systematic troubleshooting. If all else fails, Microsoft support or a professional technician can provide further assistance.

FAQs on Windows Stop Errors

  1. What exactly is a BSOD? It’s a critical system error that causes Windows to crash and stop working.
  2. What can cause a BSOD? Common causes include hardware failures, driver issues, and virus infections.
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