The STOP Screen also called as the Blue Screen of Death has always been a screen we dread to see. It appears whenever there is something critically wrong with your PC, and the issue is so serious that Windows has no option but to halt its operations. If you do happen to be one of those affected with Windows 8 BSOD, continue reading this article.
You’re just 3 steps away from automatically fixing this problem….
- Download and install Diagnostic
- Perform driver update.
- Restart your computer.
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Revert PC Settings To An Earlier Point Of Time
The System Restore acts just like an “undo button”. It allows you to restore your unstable machine to a normal state should you have a previous restore point created.
- Right-click the Computer icon, select Properties from context menu.
- Click Advanced system settings link.
- Click the System Protection tab in the subsequent dialog that appears.
- Click System Restore button.
- Follow the wizard on your screen.
- System Restore requires you to restart your machine during this operation. Save your any documents or data before proceeding further.
Check For Driver Conflicts
Driver errors are very common. They may occur when one of the software installed on your machine downloaded and installed an incompatible driver update. When a device is not working correctly, you might see a yellow-color exclamation mark in the Device Manager window.
- Press Windows Key + X, select Device Manager from the menu options.
- Click the View menu, choose Show hidden devices.
- Expand the topmost level entry.
- Luckily, if you could find a device with a yellow color exclamation, uninstall them altogether. (Right click > Uninstall)
- A system reboot is essential in order to finish the process.
Fix System File Corruption
If your system has been feeling unstable with frequent Windows 8 BSOD, System File Checker is worth a try. SFC checks the protected operating system files for corruption and attempts to fix on its own. Restoring the original version of the files helped many users.
- Insert Microsoft Windows installation DVD-ROM in your drive.
- Press Windows Key + X, select Search.
- Type CMD in the Search box.
- Select the Everywhere option from the drop-down box if you’re using Windows 8.1, or click Apps icon for Windows 8.
- Right-click Command Prompt, and then choose Run as Administrator icon in the lower panel.
- Use the SFC /ScanNow command and press ENTER to initiate the process.
Disable Non-Microsoft Startups
While you work on your PC, plenty of programs act as startups that do need necessarily need user’s attention. Having a lot of startup programs not only delay the Windows boot process and slow down Windows 8 but, they also risk making your system unstable.
Although there are plenty of freeware tools to customize the startups, the built-in Task Manager is sufficient to get rid of unwanted Non-Microsoft startup items.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously.
- Click Task Manager when you’re prompted to do so.
- Click on More details.
- Now, you’ll have the list of all startup items on your screen. Right-click and disable an item you do not need anymore.
Perform Memory Diagnostic
One of the most common reasons behind Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death problem is faulty memory. There are times when the RAM chips installed on your system board can go bad. Fortunately, Windows comes with a tool called Memory Diagnostic to check for these problems.
- Press Windows Key + C.
- You may have the Charms Bar on the screen.
- Click on the Search icon.
- Type Memory in Search Box. Select Everywhere from the drop-down box in case you’re using Windows 8.1, or click on Settings icon if you’re using Windows 8.
- Open Diagnose your computer’s memory problems from the Search Results.
- When you’re asked to restart and check for memory problems, confirm the same.
Uninstall Recent Updates
Updates are critical. But installing wrong updates can ruin the entire system. Review the list of all recently installed updates, and uninstall them one by one until your problem is completely fixed.
- Press Windows Key + X.
- Choose Programs and Features from the context menu options.
- The Control Panel screen will now be displayed.
- Click on View Installed Updates.
- Wait for a moment till Windows generates the list of all installed updates.
- Click on the Installed On column-head to sort down all the items in a date-wise manner.
- To remove an update, right-click it and choose the Uninstall option.
- Restart your machine.
Refresh Your Machine
Windows 8 makes it easier to diagnose serious problems with your machine with a click of a button. The Refresh feature wipes out the Windows installation without affecting your local data if you choose to retain it. However, I strongly recommend you to back up your data, just in case anything goes wrong during this process.
- Press Windows Key + X, select Control Panel.
- Type Refresh in the Search box located on the upper right corner.
- Click Action Center icon.
- Click on Recovery.
- Click the link given below:
- If you’re experiencing problems with your PC; you can refresh it in PC settings.
- Click the General tab.
- Click Get Started (under “Refresh your PC without affecting your files”).
- Follow the on-screen instructions.