Microsoft to change Windows 11 Blue screen of death to black

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The software giant, Microsoft’s iconic Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) will be replaced by a black screen in its upcoming Windows 11 operating system.

Microsoft began testing its new design modifications in a Windows 11 version earlier this week, according to sources, but the Black Screen of Death isn’t fully active yet. This new Windows 11 switch is in pace with the new dark login and shutdown panels.

A blue screen of death (BSoD) is a Windows kernel error or bug check, and it usually contains a data dump that can aid system administrators in determining what caused the blue screen.

The BSoD has a long history dating back to Windows 3.0, with only a few updates over the last 30 years, the most recent being the inclusion of a sad face ASCII in Windows 8. Apart from the new black background in Windows 11, the rest of the BSoD appears to be unchanged, including the use of a QR code and the relevant error code.

The current preview of Windows 11 includes a green BSoD, a color that Microsoft has been using for Windows Insider builds since 2016.

Meanwhile, if the blue screen of death is changed to black, it may cause some confusion among Windows users because a black screen of death already has a meaning, which occurs when Windows freezes on a black screen during OS installation.

Windows 11 was unveiled last month and will be available as a free update to existing Windows 10 users. Although, some devices may end up not able to run the operating system with a new minimum requirement of 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Microsoft will stop running Windows 10 in 2025.

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