• Windows 8 says goodbye to the Blue Screen of Death, replaces it with a sad face

    I know everyone loves the old Windows BSOD right? Weíve been live at Microsoft BUILD this week and while we have seen a few neat things we didnít get the chance to eye any Windows 8 Blue Screen of Deaths. Just like basically all previous versions of Windows we all were still expecting the BSOD to remain a part of windows, I mean it is almost an icon itís so terrible.

    New details are confirming Microsoft has finally ditched the blue screens and are replacing it with something a bit easier on the mind ó a sad face. No longer will users be greeted with a blue screen full of 1′s and 0′s that donít help them resolve their problem. Instead they will be greeted with a equally uninformative sad face and a quick note basically stating ďHouston, we have a problemĒ.

    Shown in the image above we donít get a lot of details if this error should occur. Nice and neatly we get a small note saying, ďYour PC ran into a problem it couldnít handle, and now it needs to restartĒ, followed by a tiny line mentioning you can search online to help solve the problem but itís a pretty generic output.
    Iím actually having mixed feelings on this one because Iím just so used to seeing the BSOD and all the white lines of gibberish. What do you guys think? Is this a good move by Microsoft or do they still need to work and refine the error process?
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. brilman's Avatar
      brilman -
      I like the old BSOD, it talked to me in a way I'll never find again
    1. darkmawl's Avatar
      darkmawl -
      Still looks like a blue screen to me!
    1. iLOVENZB's Avatar
      iLOVENZB -
      Does it at least have an error code so you can decipher something? Can't seem to read the small print.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      @iLOVENZB. Dude, I was thinking the same thing, seems almost pointless having a error screen with no clues.
    1. aktiv8's Avatar
      aktiv8 -
      From Techworld website amongst others: "Not every developer is impressed by BSoD’s clean new look. “Gone are the confusing and uninformative error codes, and in its place you get an equally uninformative sad emoticon,” said Engadget contributing editor and blogger, Terrence O’Brien."
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      its still blue. but no error codes is stupid. and whoever said they are "uninformative" is an idiot. that blue screen told you a lot.
    1. ratboy's Avatar
      ratboy -
      i could never understand all the crap code it threw at me lol bsod= fresh install
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      BSOD= a game of hide and go seek with your computer problems. It's fun!
    1. brilman's Avatar
      brilman -
      Quote Originally Posted by megabyteme View Post
      BSOD= a game of hide and go seek with your computer problems. It's fun!

      That and the sound of the MB, HDD ... I'm good
    1. tesco's Avatar
      tesco -
      What do you do if your PC won't boot, you get a sad face and no error code to google the issue since you can't boot up to see the error logs.
    1. Jimathome's Avatar
      Jimathome -
      I honestly haven't seen the BSOD since Windows XP not even with Vista not that I'm praising Vista, I actually hated it till the last service pack. I wont say I haven't experienced any problems with 7 either just not the BSOD !
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      The only blue screens I've had have always been related to atheros wireless chipsets + high bandwidth + numerous connections. Those bluescreens did nothing helpful compared to WinDbg, so I'd actually welcome something a little less irritating. I don't know if this is it, I fucking hate smilies, my every use of them is a dig at smilies.
    1. Glaucon's Avatar
      Glaucon -
      Seems somewhat useless. No point in changing it if you're merely replacing it with something that's equally as terrible.
    1. VSpace's Avatar
      VSpace -
      I like how Microsoft doesn't take direct blame for the issue.. something like "Your OS took a crap" or something which would be more appropriate.Its not like the hardware is ever (mostly) at fault
    1. peat moss's Avatar
      peat moss -
      Might as well have Bill Gates dropping his drawers and flashing . I'v never had a problem with diagnosing drivers issues , I just do a fresh install . Why can't someone develop a program to help ? I saw one but haven tried it , called "WhoCrashed.Professional.v3.01" . If after a fresh install and the BSOD keeps popping up its usually faulty memory or incorrect BIOS settings .
    1. Issun's Avatar
      Issun -
      All I know is that BSOD r the cause of 3rd party programs,,,like my ATI stupid drivers! they always cause the BSOD issues,,, i rly hope they r gone, but replacing them with a sad face won't solve the problem lol!