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 your system settings, fix problems with malfunctioning drivers and other system components.
You’re just 3 steps away from fixing this problem…
1. Download and install the Diagnostic
2. Run full scan
3. Perform system clean-up & repair
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Revert PC Settings
Use System Properties dialog to initiate System Restore process. Follow the wizard-based user interface.
- Right-click the Computer icon, select Properties from context menu.
- Click “Advanced system settings” link, and then System Protection tab in the subsequent dialog.
- Click System Restore button.
- 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.
- Press Windows Key + X, select Device Manager from menu options.
- Click the View menu, choose Show hidden devices.
- Expand computer name, and then right click an incompatible driver, select Uninstall. Remember, a yellow color exclamation mark will appear for all conflicting device drivers.
- Restart the PC when you’re finished uninstalling all conflicting device drivers.
Fix System Files
Restore the original system files using SFC.
- Insert Microsoft Windows installation DVD-ROM in your drive.
- Press Windows Key + X, select Search.
- Type “CMD” in the Search box. Select “Everywhere” from drop down box (Windows 8.1), or click Apps icon (Windows 8).
- It opens up Search Results. Right click “Command Prompt,” and then “Run as Administrator” icon in the lower panel.
- 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.
- Open up the Task Manager. To do so, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously. Click “Task Manager” link.
- Click “More details” link.
- 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:
- Press Windows Key + C.
- It opens up Charms Bar.
- Click the Search icon.
- Type “memory” in Search Box. Select “Everywhere” from drop down box (Windows 8.1), or click Settings icon (Windows 8).
- Open “Diagnose your computer’s memory problems” from Search Results.
- Click the first option, i.e. “Restart now and check for memory problems.”
Uninstall Newly Installed Updates
One or more installed updates are not working properly. Uninstall such updates.
- Press Windows Key + X.
- Choose Programs and Features from the context menu options.
- It opens up Control Panel.
- Click View installed updates.
- You have the list of all updates opened up. Sort all items in a date-wise manner by clicking “Installed on” column head.
- Remove all newly installed updates, if any. Reboot the machine when you’re done.
Go Back to Factory Defaults
Use the PC Settings Metro application to restore back default factory settings.
- Press Windows Key + X, select Control Panel.
- Type “Refresh” in the Search box located in the upper right corner.
- Click Action Center icon.
- Click Recovery on the subsequent page.
- Click the link named “If you’re experiencing problems with your PC; you can refresh it in PC settings.”
- It opens up a full-screen Metro app called PC Settings.
- Click General tab.
- Click “Get Started” button under “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” category.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.