How to Fix Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death

The STOP Screen, also called as 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 must stop immediately.

In this article you’ll learn how to survive a Windows 8 blue screen, recover your documents and files. Revert back your system settings, fix problems with malfunctioning drivers and other system components.

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Revert Back PC Settings

Use System Properties dialog to initiate System Restore process. Follow the wizard-based user interface.


  1. Right click the Computer icon, select Properties from context menu.
  2. Click “Advanced system settings” link, and then System Protection tab in subsequent dialog.
  3. Click System Restore button.
  4. Follow the simple wizard. Remember, this process requires you to restart the PC. Exit all open documents and files before proceeding.

Check for Driver Conflicts

Conflicting drivers have a yellow-color exclamation mark.


  1. Press Windows Key + X, select Device Manager from menu options.
  2. Click the View menu, choose Show hidden devices.
  3. Expand computer name, and then right click a conflicting driver, select Uninstall. Remember, a yellow color exclamation mark will appear for all conflicting device drivers.
  4. Restart the PC when you’re finished uninstalling all conflicting device drivers.

Revert Back System Files

Restore the original system files using SFC.


  1. Insert Microsoft Windows installation DVD ROM in your drive.
  2. Press Windows Key + X, select Search.
  3. Type “CMD” in the Search box. Select “Everywhere” from drop down box (Windows 8.1); or click Apps icon (Windows 8).
  4. This opens up Search Results. Right click “Command Prompt”, and then “Run as administrator” icon in lower-panel.
  5. The time has now come to start scanning for corrupt system files. Type “SFC /Scannow” in Command Prompt window, press ENTER.

Disable Non-Microsoft Startups

Turn off all unwanted, Non-Microsoft startups that might cause Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death.


  1. Open up the Task Manager. To do so, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously. Click “Task Manager” link.
  2. Click “More details” link.
  3. Now that you have all startups list on your screen. Disable all Non-Microsoft startups. To do so, right click an item, select Disable.

Perform Memory Diagnostic

Diagnose your computer’s memory problems as follows:


  1. Press Windows Key + C.
  2. This opens up Charms Bar.
  3. Click the Search icon.
  4. Type “memory” in Search Box. Select “Everywhere” from drop down box (Windows 8.1); or click Settings icon (Windows 8).
  5. Open “Diagnose your computer’s memory problems” from Search Results.
  6. Click the first option, i.e. “Restart now and check for memory problems”.

Revert Back Newly Installed Updates

One or more installed updates are not working properly. Uninstall such updates.


  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Choose Programs and Features from the context menu options.
  3. This opens up Control Panel.
  4. Click View installed updates.
  5. You have now updates list opened up. Sort all items in date-wise manner by clicking “Installed on” column head.
  6. Remove all newly installed updates, if any. Reboot the machine when you’re done.

Revert Back to Factory Defaults

Use PC Settings metro application to restore back default factory settings.

  1. Press Windows Key + X, select Control Panel.
  2. Type “Refresh” in Search box located in upper right corner.
  3. Click Action Center icon.
  4. Click Recovery icon in subsequent page.
  5. Click the link named “If you’re experiencing problems with your PC, you can refresh it in PC settings”.
  6. This opens up a full-screen Metro app called PC Settings.
  7. Click General tab.
  8. Click “Get started” button under “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” category.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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