Why Does Windows Crash? The Top 10 Reasons

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bsod   Why Does Windows Crash? The Top 10 ReasonsOh, great. Another blue screen, boot issue or frozen screen in Windows. Now you have to restart and lose most or all of the work you’d been trying to accomplish. It’s frustrating both because of the interruption and because the cause often isn’t clear.

Crashes aren’t just a part of using Windows. The operating system is stable for many people, so if your PC consistently crashes there is most likely a reason. Let’s take a look at the 10 most likely reasons why Windows crashes.

Bad Memory Or Motherboard

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Many crashes, particularly those that result in a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD), occur because of a memory or motherboard issue. This can result in a Fatal Exception Error, which basically means data that should be stored in memory could not be retrieved.

You can test memory with a utility like Memtest86 or, in some cases, a built-in motherboard diagnostic tool (see the motherboard’s manual).  Another way to test is to simply swap in new memory and see if the issue goes away. If it does not, and the RAM you installed was correct, the motherboard may be the issue.

BIOS Settings

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Most motherboards come from the factory with settings that are broadly compatible. These then might be altered by the PC’s builder, be it a company or individual. The settings should stick but they’ll revert to default if the CMOS battery (which powers the BIOS memory) goes flat. That can cause your boot order to be re-arranged or put different components in conflict.

Another common problem with boot order is a high placement of USB or CD-Drives. If you leave USB drive plugged in to your PC, and the BIOS is set to boot from USB first, your PC will not boot properly. You can change the boot order or simply remove the offending drive.

Corrupt Registry

The Windows Registry doesn’t run into problems like it used to, but issues are still possible. A corrupt registry can cause a computer to crash or may prevent it from booting properly.

Quality registry fix software can often fix this problem. If your computer will not boot properly try to run Windows in Safe Mode and run the software from there.

Incorrect Or Corrupt Drivers

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Drivers tell hardware what to do. If they aren’t working properly they can cause crashes, including BSODs, even if the hardware is perfect condition.

Crashes of this type are usually associated with an error message. Sometimes the error message will clearly name the offending hardware. If it does not, try running the message through Google to see if that helps you find the culprit.

Once the hardware driver with a problem is identified you can search online for an updated driver and install it. If the problem persists, try completely uninstalling the driver and then re-installing it from scratch.

Hard Drive Problems

A hard drive failure is a leading cause of boot issues. If your computer mysteriously loses its ability to find the boot drive, but BIOS is properly configured, a hard drive issue is the culprit. Hard drive issues are also often behind crashes that occur only when opening a specific file.

If you can still boot to the drive try running a free hard drive test to see if there’s any obvious issues. A healthy report should give you cause to look elsewhere for the problem, but a bad report means your drive has one foot in the grave.

A drive that doesn’t boot at all is bad news. Try it with another PC, if possible, to confirm the drive is the problem. I hope you backed up your data!

Hardware Conflicts

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Windows can sometimes crash if it is receiving conflicting information from different pieces of hardware. This is a hardware conflict. It’s not always harmful, but it’s a common source of freezes and BSODs.

You can see if there’s a hardware conflict by opening the Device Manager. If a conflict exists it will be visible in this utility with a yellow and black exclamation icon. Take a look at the hardware that is conflicting and view its properties through the right-click menu to find more information.

From there, solutions vary. Sometimes the issue is caused by drivers. In other cases it can be caused by BIOS misconfiguration or faulty hardware. Try searching the Internet or ask fellow readers at MakeUseOf Answers.

Virus Or Trojan

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A virus or Trojan can cause serious harm to a PC. It might corrupt or remove drivers, delete important system files or change administrative settings. All of these can cause unexpected crashes, freezes or leave you locked out of programs.

To be honest, any fight against malware is usually lost the moment you notice it. The problem is that, once it’s taken hold on your system, it’s very difficult to trust that the methods you’d normally use to diagnose your PC are working as they should. The best you can do is download a trusted antivirus and start scanning.

If you can’t seem to root out the malware you made need to nuke the drive and re-install Windows. This is why you should always use an antivirus, run a firewall and frequently back up your data.

Power issues

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In some cases a persistent crash issue, particularly a random reboot or a BSOD caused by hardware you’ve verified to be working properly, is the result of a power issue. You should only turn to this possibility if you’ve eliminated all other possibilities.

There are two potential causes. By far the most common is faulty power supply. A problem with the supply that reduces the power it can deliver, or causes an uneven flow of power, can result in otherwise unexplainable crashes. The only solution is to replace the power supply.

Problems with the power in your home or apartment could also be the problem. An overloaded circuit, poor wiring or a faulty power strip could be the culprit. You can diagnose this by moving the PC to another room to see if the crashes suddenly stop.

Software

Most software errors will not cause Windows to crash. Both the operating system and the software that runs on it have become more reliable over the years.

Still, software issues can cause random lock-ups. The culprit is often obvious because the problem only occurs when that software is used. It will be less obvious if the problem software is running in the background.

In rare cases your PC might freeze on boot because of software that runs automatically. You can usually resolve this by booting to safe mode and using msconfig to disable software that runs at boot.

Overheating

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Computer components are sensitive to heat. Too much can cause permanent damage, so hardware will shut itself down before that point is reached. A crash error can result.

Overheating can be blamed for random re-boots and BSODs that appear to be driver issues but occur after the driver is re-installed. A beep or series of beeps from the computer at the time it crashes might be an error code telling you the processor has overheated. Check the motherboard’s manual to confirm.

There source of the problem can vary. It may be inadequate case ventilation, a faulty fan or heatsink that has loosened. Laptops can overheat simply because they’re placed on the wrong surface.

Conclusion

This list should provide some insight into why crashes can be so persistent and annoying. There are many reasons why Windows could crash, and often a single problem might have multiple possible causes. I hope this article has pointed you in the right direction.

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mahmoud elbanna

the solution is to install linux

Carlo Vincente

The solution is to do a periodic and good maintenance of your system. In 2 years using the same Windows 7, I´ve had not a single reinstall or blue screen.

Morgan Gibson

Carlo I get a black screen sometimes when I do things that windows 7 does not like.

Andy Liu

Go Windows 8 then. Haven’t seen BSOD so far.

Morgan GIbson

I crashed it a few times the first day. I am not what you would call nice to OS I like to see how easy to kill. So I will just stick to my Win7 Ubunutu dual boot

Caroline West

My Windows 8 crashed and got the BSOD a few times within the first couple of days. But, touch wood, I managed to stop it and have been blue-free since. I did have it a lot on my Vista machine but never on my Win 7. I do think maintenance is a high must.

Thor Ulling

Good maintenance is important, but it will not rescue from a bad driver update, a HDD crash an so on. Got my HTPC messed up big time just a few weeks back because of a bad driver update. Got it back on track, but it took me a few hours to isolate the bad one.
Regardless; – it happens least than once a year on my W7 64 bit, so I’m not messin’ up a good OS by bringing in W8 before I’m 100% sure it’s better than W7.

Florin Ardelian

Because Linux doesn’t crash when your memory or disk are corrupt or when there’s a broken piece of software installed or on when you get viruses or there are power issues. Right?

The only thing that is particular to Windows in this article is the registry, everything else would fuck up any operating system.

tl;dr You don’t know what you’re talking about.

RG

Not just registry, viruses too ;)

Florin Ardelian

No. It’s is wrong and very dangerous to say that. While the chances of getting a virus while running Linux are lower than the chances of getting one while running Windows, the viruses are still out there. I’ve tested this myself using a honeypot and was amazed how intelligent the rootkit was.

tl;dr There are a lot of viruses for Linux, too, and it’s not OK to joke about it being impenetrable to them.

Nothere

All so, most Linux users don’t use the root account for daily work (sudo su -). Almost every windows box I have had to work on, some user added themselves to the Administrator group, hence every program they ran had access to the lower parts of the OS.

Before you can compare Linux to Windows, you first have to compare the users. There are race car drivers and then there are Sunday drivers, neither mix very well.

Florin Ardelian

The Nothere comment is nested too deep and I can’t reply directly to it. Since Windows Vista, the operations that need to access the “lower” parts of the system ask for permission from the user.

Nothere

Florin, edit your hosts file and get back with me. This was a permissions problem in windows 7 – I’m on Linux now and unable to test, but sure the problem is still there, since I have heard others complain about it as well.

Carlos Llamacho

Well, yeah Linux could crash but the chances of that happening are incredibly lower, and still then, there is, most of the times, a way to go around and fix whatever caused it.

We don’t see people on the Linux Help Forums about screens of death, or hangups… we usually see them talking about how to make something work.

That should give a hint about stability.

Florin Ardelian

Usable Linux distributions crash more often than Windows 7. The advantage of Linux is that if anything goes wrong there’s always a way to fix it without the need for a reinstall. The main disadvantage to this is that if it breaks you need to be an expert to fix it. The second biggest disadvantage is that there are many distributions so most fixes may not work for you unless you’re using a very popular distribution.

I am a Linux user which happens to love Windows 7.

Dale Miller

Well your some what correct. IF there is a hardware problem Linux will be more likely to crash. But it depends on the hardware problem. For the most part Linux is a very stable OS.
Other than hardware problems I’ve never had my Linux systems crash, and I’ve been using Linux since before Ubuntu was thought of.

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Paul Hays

IMHO, the first bullet should be two – “Bad Memory Or Motherboard” goes two distinct directions. Should be discussed as such. Otherwise, good article.

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Paul Hays

IMHO, the first bullet should be two – “Bad Memory Or Motherboard” goes two distinct directions. Should be discussed as such. Otherwise, good article.

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HĂ©lder Ricardo Pereira

I have Windows 7 crashing on a weekly basis so this article comes in good time. I’d love to know what going wrong, though I’m a bit sceptical about it being the hardware’s fault. The same computer works just fine with Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc) without a single crash whatsoever, so it can’t really be a broken RAM module or something like that, can it?

Florin Ardelian

Smells like a broken driver, but I don’t know anything about finding the exact issue and fixing it.

Dany Bouffard

Did you analyse the screen DUMP or use Bluescreenview and check the error message it give on google. Bluescreenview is a small utility that let you vew the content of the screen dump.

HĂ©lder Ricardo Pereira

Thanks, I will try Bluescreenview. I have already performed a memtest86+ and the RAM is fine, I have a Intel GMA with the updated Intel driver, and I installed a chipset driver Intel Driver Utility recommended just yesterday, so I’ll see how it goes.
The GNOME disks applications on Linux says my hardrive is OK, albeit with 80 damaged sectors.

HĂ©lder Ricardo Pereira

I tried Bluescreenview and Eureka! bdselfpr.sys, a process of my BitDefender antivirus is the culprit. I will uninstall it now and I’m thinking of downloading Microsoft Security Essentials. But I never thought that anti-virus messed up so much with the NT kernel. Thanks to everyone for the help.

Florin Ardelian

Such a program exists? Thanks for the heads up, Danny!

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Nicola De Ieso

I have a four years old computer and in four years I had ten bsod at maximum. But sometimes the computer doesn’t start and so I will change my computer in few months.

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AP

Ofcourse you have pointed in right direction because twice I have faced this problem . For first time due to corrupt hard disk and second time due to a software problem.

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Stoyan Deckoff

8 out of these 10 problems could be fixed if one goes he linux way. I have 4 PC, 3 ubuntu, one dual-boot. I dual-boot for gaming only, and this is changing, too :) LInux is the synonym of rock-solid, if you dont game, these is no reason to use windows.

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dragonmouth

Why does Linux run with no problems on the exact same hardware that Windows crashes on? Is it possible that an Operating System developed and maintained by volunteers is better written than one that is developed and maintained by highly paid hirelings?

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Doc

One important point was left out: Faulty software (and not drivers). Any badly written piece of software can cause a crash, BSOD or otherwise. A program that writes to memory that does not belong to it, or calls system APIs with faulty parameters, can cause any number of faults, from corrupted screen images to force closes (“This program has performed an illegal action and will be shut down.”) to corrupted files, corrupted memory, or the dreaded BSOD.

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Mihovil Pletikos

i didn’t see blue screen for years now, except when i tried something too wild (too much overclocking etc….)

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Mike Case

Just remember- with Windows 8 now instead of the “Blue Screen of Death” it’s the “Turquoise Screen of Death”. Incomplete with no error codes and a frowny face.

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Scott Macmillan

I agree.Likely a motherboard problem.

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Márcio Guerra

Nice article… Switched to Linux, but still need Windows for design software (or Mac) and this is a post to take note…

Thanks!

Márcio Guerra

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Kirby

Could you add OS to the list? I have a laptop with XP installed and not once did it crash but when I started using Win7 I started experiencing blue screens once every two weeks or so running the same apps as before.

Imran Muhammad

Thank God. Windows 8 is here.

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Fakhruddin Ahmad

Those problem are basically happened on all OS, except the registry and viruses issues.

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Junil Maharjan

This is a great article that will help a lot of people in identifying their problems. But i haven’t seen a blue screen in a long long time.

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Kaal Dewar

Why Does Windows Crash? Because it’s Windows! There’s a good reason why the MacOS Logo is a Smiling face! http://bit.ly/Vb9XLB

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Kshitij Verma

Yes. In windows you spend half of your time installing updates, running system checkups and removing viruses.

If you are trying to be productive on windows, you are going to have a bad time

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Daniel Dorilas

i have this blue screen issue recently , i just change my ram memory and everythings is Ok now.

Daniel Dorilas @iJailbreakphone.com

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Michel Czerniuk

So basically, everything.

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Shmuel Mendelsohn

Thanks to MUO I know where to start looking!

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Anonymous

One thing you’re forgetting to mention on “motherboard problems” is that “capacitor plague” can cause windows to crash, or even not install at all. Windows, due to it’s already inherent instability, will exhibit symptoms of capacitor plague before any other OS, but in the end, all will fail. It is possible to repair the motherboard (one deskside support group I was with did this on a regular basis), but it is a PITA process of replacing the bad capacitors, which is never fun on a board that was meant to be wave-soldered. Other than that, your only option is to throw the board out (and probably replace the entire system, as you likely won’t find a replacement board that uses the remaining processor, memory and components).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

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Tina Sieber

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Arxadius Stark

I’ve found all the topics covered on this article the reason for BSoD. People really need to pay attention to their system.

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Bud

……………any wonder why people are going to other OS’s ? MS IS the greatest “rip-off” in history !!! I dumped my PC 2-1/2 years ago and purchased an Apple iMac, except for a few “early-on crashes” due to my learning curve, it’s humming right along, like a fine-tuned car! My monthly required updates in comparison to Windows, is like the difference between a distinct Mammoth and an ant in size. Zero bloat with my iOS………….thank you Steve Jobs……….belatedly !!!

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Larry Spiteri

I just downloaded CrystalDiskInfo on my computer running Windows XP. When I went to execute it I received the blue screen of death. I cannot uninstall it now because it’s not in my add or remove programs. How do i uninstall it ? Please advise

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Keith Swartz

Awesome, Good, GREAT Stuff!

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Christine St Syr Griffin

Slap me and call me silly, I knew it, our old pc had many issues and I kept tellin everybody it started going crazy after a neighborhood blackout,I did not know to unplug everything and when the power came back it was like a mini explosion of power. Thank you for the other helpful tips also. Now I just have to figure out how to email this article directly to someone so I can say ” ha, in your face”. Christine

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Antonio Iacobone

While Win7 was absolutely stable, Windows 8 has some freezes with this error in the event log:
Event 219, Kernel-PNP
The driver \Driver\WudfRd failed to load for the device WpdBusEnumRoot\UMB\2&37c186b&0&STORAGE#VOLUME#.

I want to underline that I switched to it from a few days…and yesterday I used windows update and did all updates available. Until now it seems stable…but I found this workaround on this site:
http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/07/10/hotfix-available-for-windows-8-freezing-issues/

– (opening an elevated priviledge command prompt and typing)
bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

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Dale Miller

The Overheating solution should be moved up the list. As the article stated power problems are last on the list. If the system is overheating it could just need a dusting out with some canned air. As one other poster mentioned periodic maintenance would keep this problem at bay.

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Paul Crousel

multiboot can also cause Windows to crash, also perhaps installing virtual OS in Windows?

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Mohit Agrawal

And Also the overusage of the Memory can crash the windows…

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earl

Linux doesn’t crash, and pigs fly. All operatings syatems since they were developed by mankind have flaws, don’t kid your self. The Wintel world jut has too many vendors of software and hardware and that is difficult.

If you take Linux out of it’s ,”Tested hardware,” environment you’ll get a real good idea of the instability that is no different than Windows. Linux users will just say well it’s not supported. That is true but a crash is a crash.

I will say though that even tested & approved hardware configurations of Windows crashes too much but when you are 98% of the market why would you commit resources and fix it, how is that going to make a profit?

Instead you go out a nd do games, create an MSNBC, create a browser, create virtualization software, create, phones, create tablets, starrt manufacturing your own products to competer with your own customers, you know to put them out of business because therre are no more oportunities.

The DOJ should have broken up MS years ago, and they would have focused on quality, they would have been forced to.

Me I don’t prefer LINUX & derivatives because it is way way to limited and requires lots of expert technical assistance to get it working. Though when you get it working it is the most reliable OS out there with the exception of Solaris. I will say this yes I have gotten Linus & Ubuntu installed on some hardware and it worked although it had strange things to resolve to get it to work. In other words, the installer was a HACK!

Most consumers if all they want is e-mail and spreadsheets, word processing, web surfing could easily uses a Linux or Ubuntu box, but the integration becaomes an issue because most software doesn’t run on it, that’s the problem

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Theresa Banks

Thanks for sharing this information. This is a ongoing issue with my laptop. I’ve got to locate the problem. At times when I am searching the web, I receive an error message with a triangle/!, and my computer freezes to the point I have to remove the battery.

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Larry

Linux is for us tinkerers. Windows if for people who like to bootNgo. I like to experiment with software, so Linux is on a dual-boot with WIn7. Best of both worlds.

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Edward Bellair

Good info and things to look at.

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Larry

If you want to find out about your BSOD, go to http://www.nirsoft.net and download Bluescreenview. Its free and so are hundreds of great programs in most areas. This program will give you a huge amount of info on your BSOD.

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Zoe

I had a new video card be the cuplrit. But, didn’t think that was it til after OS reinstall, 2 different Motherboards, hard drives, Memory, Power Supply, Audio, fans (thinking heat issues), mouse, drivers, etc. Even tried diagnostic software and PC fixing tools. The only left that was common to all was the then name-brand High-end video card.

Tried different setups including different Bios settings, minimal setup and normal setup to try and track down the cuplrit and things would work fine, for several days.

However, randomly the BSOD appears. It didn’t matter what I was doing. (BSOD and memory dump which is annoying after first time seeing it.) There would be next to no warning. You’d maybe notice a screen-freeze and BSOD. I’ve seen video cards fail in different ways and you may get a warning, but not like this. So random. I’d take notes of the BSOD when possible and search but yielded no usable results. Last thing to try was a different Video card. Did that and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.

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jim smith

The list, covers about everything that could ever happen to a computer.

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Patti Hogey

Great job covering the issues and pointing me in the right direction for solutions.Oh I am So glad I found MUO. Many useful comments as well.Thank you

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Fabrice Soopramanien

Nice Article !! :P !!

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Yogesh Unavane

Dual-Boot OR UBCD Live USB is the solution for me.

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Ned

Good stuff. I think that it is easy to neglect the heat issue. IC’s last longer if they are run cool- that is not just popular tech dogma. Allowing the computer to radiate heat is an important point and yes the operating surface can make a big difference. Example. If it is sitting on a thick cloth or a blanket, the computer will heat up substantially. These are insulating materials and if there are standoffs on the bottom of the computer they will also be blocked from allowing air flow.

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Laurance Draves

These tips may be obvious to some of us, but not to others. The only thing I didn’t see mentioned about disk issues is that a simple defrag may fix the problem. If you run Win 7 and leave your PC on over night, defrag gets run automatically at least once a week. It will also ensure that you get timely updates from Microsoft.

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Crazie Flawed Narcissistic-VampDoll

Not that i am looking forward to my next crash but when it happens(and it will) I am better armed at dealing with it than just yelling out MF! and a whole slew of other lol bad words at the top of my voice. THANKS

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Anonymous

My windows 7 after two years have never crash. However, I do see lots of failures in laptops from overheating or hard drive failure.
In one case we had a gigantic lightning storm that ripped through the island and destroyed quite a bit of equipment. My thing is dual boot with linux—ubuntu or mint works

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Ashok Kumar

Sometimes running incompatible programs(most likely running two antivirus programs at the same time) will result in BSOD.

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Mike P.

The main problem with Windows is not BSOD or a total crash.

The main problem with Windows is latency.

Windows easily gets caught in an infinite loop, Task Manager seldom accurately identifies which app is responsible.

If a particular browser tab is the culprit, as is often the case, the browser never identifies which browser tab is hogging the memory.

Also, Windows is so dumb…I said Windows is so dumb…how dumb is it?

Windows is so dumb that it does not identify infinite loops pro-actively and restrict them to 5% of CPU, as any intelligent operating system would (with the full understanding that, unless you are a graphic artist, hard-core 3-D gamer, or a NASA engineer, you almost NEVER require more than 5% of CPU for any app–and NEVER urgently require it).

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Mike P.

By the way, the author here is totally unhelpful. He included in his list things like hardware and software and suggesting you clean your registry, fix bad drivers and run anti-virus.

Gee, that’s basically a catch all.

Thanks for the advice…NOT!

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Mike P.

Basically, the author sounds like a Windows apologist, rather than a useful and productive critic of their stubbornness, ossification and lethargy. Apple kicks PC’s butt up, down and sideways…and that’s just for breakfast…every day…before the eggs are served. And that’s because, oh yeah, Bill Gates is not a world-class programmer…he’s stole the code! So what do you expect?

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Mitesh Baran

This article is my personal favorite, has helped me fix my own PC and many other PCs

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Charles Orlando

This was a great article. I have an old Dell with XP. It gets all the updates and has a proxy security suite provided by my ISP. I think I’ve traced the problem to a heating issue. I’d never have thought to look there, but its always hot in the desk enclosure. Thanks for bringing this to light. Yes, windows has problems, but for those of us who cant afford better, know-how can cover the spread.

WIN!

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Anonymous

I clean out malware for a Major Telecommunications company and this is a good article to keep around to show other what can cause the BSOD. This way they can explain it to customers on the phone. Thanks for being so informative!

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Kimberley Matthews

I can’t believe that in this day and age, the trolls are still arguing OS’s. They all do the same thing – move ones and zeros around so that I/O will produce the desired output.

If you have a laptop which crashes regularly, vacuum out the vents. Even though many advise against it, I suggest using a little compressed air at the same time to loosen things up a bit. Use with vacuuming.

Next, bad software. Or more correctly running too much crapware at the same time. I service servers – mostly Windows – for remote customers and the ones who don’t load them up with a bunch of stuff that isn’t needed don’t have problems or need to reboot for years. Same goes for xNIX systems, Solaris systems, or any other OS. Geez people, smarten up and realize that these are basically glorified adding/substraction machines and will only do what you tell them. If you feed them a lot of garbage, you’ll get garbage out.

Hardware problems ( other than overheating and memory leaks ) – yeah, they happen but when troubleshooting, KISS.

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Patrick Jackson

The best part of all is that most of the problems can be detected and even solved using a Linux live CD, depending on the distribution and the fact that your computer can boot using a CD/DVD/USB.

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Benny Teo

never knew about the overheating error. Will listen out the next time,.

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David Breeden

Crashes? Updated Zonealarm firewall the past week, computer crashed five times before I came to my senses and uninstall Zonealarm. Most of the problems I have had were solved by resetting the programs which ZA ddn’t like.

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Sam Elliott

Is this article a joke? This must be a parody, no?
Hey… I think you forgot Video issues…
Well, not really. Most video devices are on-board now.
So… Read this back to yourself.
You could’ve limited this article to one line!

Well… it’s either Hardware or Software; Hope that helps!!!

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Scott Nunyadamnbidness

I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. XP Pro in an 8-year old computer, have never had a BSOD. Not once.

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Efi Dreyshner

Thanks :)
You also can use Who Crashed to analyze a BSOD:
http://www.resplendence.com/whocrashed

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Anonymous

Too many devices like cd drives connected to the power supply can also be a cause

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Ian Lewis

great article thanks for the tips

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Rama moorthy

Go for Linux …!

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omar elshal

Great article, i think the problem in my lap is overheating..any way to know how to make sure of that ?

Charles

My wife’s PC w/ win 7 takes 5 – 6 tries before it boots completely. Even worse if off over 1 hour. We won’t talk about power outages. It stays on 24/7. Since she was to cheap to buy a computer instead of a toy I refuse to touch/repair it. But I am getting tired of bitching and moaning when acting up. Also complains about latency when playing WOW.

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