Windows 11 could sound the death knell for the blue screen of death and replace it with a black screen

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Many Windows users have already had to encounter the iconic blue screen nicknamed "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD), synonymous with the occurrence of a problem that requires a restart of the device.
With Windows 11, Microsoft opted for a graphic redesign and this iconic screen was no
exception. With the rollout of the first Preview of Windows 11 that is now available to Windows Insiders, the publisher has begun to test another color for BSOD: black. This color aligns with that of the logon and logoff screens, which are also black.
If this change is rather aesthetic, it should be noted that the last major change made to the BSOD dates from 2016, with the appearance of QR

Codes. Before that, the last change, dated 2012, was the addition of a sad face to the screen in Windows 8. Microsoft first introduced BSOD in Windows 3.0, providing IT professionals and support staff with a way to diagnose hardware and memory defects. The BSOD is a Windows-specific kernel error or bug check, and it usually includes a data dump that can help system administrators analyze which system defect caused the blue screen.
There is nothing to say, however, that Microsoft will keep this choice for the final
version. We will have to wait for more accomplished versions of Windows 11 to see if Microsoft decides to keep the black background for this screen. Indeed, in the absence of official comment from Microsoft, we could assume that a black blocking screen is something that the company is currently testing and that it may replace blue. Anyway, the acronym BSOD is retained.
Apart from the color, the system error screen does not change and retains its
characteristics. We find the sad face that appeared in 2012 in Windows 8, as well as the data collection information, to help determine the cause of the problem and the QR code put in place in 2016. Participants in Microsoft's Insider Program, on the other hand, will not have a blue screen or a black screen, but a green screen. This color was already used for a test version of Windows 10.
The new BSOD (Black Screen of Death) can be activated with a registry
hack. If you want to change the color, you can do the following:


  • Launch the registry editor
  • Go to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl
  • Set the value of DisplayPreRelaseColor to 0

Of course, you won't see the black screen right away unless you deliberately crash your computer. If you really want to do this, make sure everything is saved. Next, go to task manager, click more details, go to the Details tab, select an instance of svchost.exe, right-click and select End Process Tree. Then click the Stop button when you are notified.
This will cause an
error CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED and, unless you have configured your computer not to restart after the BSODs, your computer will take a few seconds and restart after displaying the screen.

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