Analyze And Troubleshoot Blue Screen Of Death(BSOD) Errors In Windows

Blue Screen Of Death is the most famous and most annoying error of Windows because the Operating System just ceases to work suddenly giving a blue screen and some technical error code. The most annoying thing is that you wanted to see what was the error message but the system automatically restarted. So you don’t have anything left in your hands. You can’t analyze what went wrong. Windows creates a dump file which is only for technical people.
Nirsoft has developed a utility called BlueScreenView which comes in very handy in this situation. It reads the dump files created while the system got a blue screen. You can enable or disable the creation of this dump by going to the following Location:

Right click My Computer –> Properties –> Advanced –> Startup and Recovery

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BlueScreenView basically lets you see and analyze all the blue screen of death screens that your system encountered. It specified the faulting module so you can easily identify which driver or component was responsible for malfunctioning and causing this blue screen of death.
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The upper pane of BlueScreenView displays the BSOD dumps that were created during blue screen of death screens. When we select one dump, the lower screen displays the details about that particular blue screen of death.
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It gives the following crash information:

Crashes Information Columns (Upper Pane)

  • Dump File: The MiniDump filename that stores the crash data.
  • Crash Time: The created time of the MiniDump filename, which also matches to the date/time that the crash occurred.
  • Bug Check String: The crash error string. This error string is determined according to the Bug Check Code, and it’s also displayed in the blue screen window of Windows.
  • Bug Check Code: The bug check code, as displayed in the blue screen window.
  • Parameter 1/2/3/4: The 4 crash parameters that are also displayed in the blue screen of death.
  • Caused By Driver: The driver that probably caused this crash. BlueScreenView tries to locate the right driver or module that caused the blue screen by looking inside the crash stack. However, be aware that the driver detection mechanism is not 100% accurate, and you should also look in the lower pane, that display all drivers/modules found in the stack. These drivers/modules are marked in pink color.
  • Caused By Address: Similar to ‘Caused By Driver’ column, but also display the relative address of the crash.
  • File Description: The file description of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Product Name: The product name of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Company: The company name of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • File Version: The file version of the driver that probably caused this crash. This information is loaded from the version resource of the driver.

Drivers Information Columns (Lower Pane)

  • Filename: The driver/module filename
  • Address In Stack: The memory address of this driver that was found in the stack.
  • From Address: First memory address of this driver.
  • To Address: Last memory address of this driver.
  • Size: Driver size in memory.
  • Time Stamp: Time stamp of this driver.
  • Time String: Time stamp of this driver, displayed in date/time format.
  • Product Name: Product name of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • File Description: File description of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • File Version: File version of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Company: Company name of this driver, loaded from the version resource of the driver.
  • Full Path: Full path of the driver filename.

If you want to change the path where BlueScreenView looks by default, you can change it by going to options and change the location of the default search location. The default if C:\Windows\MiniDump
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8 responses to “Analyze And Troubleshoot Blue Screen Of Death(BSOD) Errors In Windows”

  1. Very Interesting, I didn’t know we can do this manual, I always was using automatic programs, this take me more easy to fix problems in computer.

  2. Hey man thanks for this info. Im getting the blue screen and guess I need to go to control panel etc. And take a look at the blue screen and listed malfunctioning drivers. Thanks again

  3. Ok, went to Startup and Recovery. Now what do I click on to see these dumps? Don’t want to click on anything to change the system. Just want to see what the culprits may be that are causing my screen to start flashing and go black. Need more instuction for what to do at Startup and Recovery window.

  4. OK, I figured it out. downloaded it and ran it and the only entry was one from a year and a half ago. Didn’t explain current problem, as stated in my previous post. Back to searching for an answer, hoping it will never happen again.

  5. I am trying to watch the world cup on my computer, but if I attach the beamer I always get a blue screen after a few minutes. This sucks. Are there any solutions to this problem?

  6. I always get blue screens because of troubles with device drivers, then I reinstall the drivers and a few days latter I have the same error. Any good solutions?

    • @prepaid mobile
      Seems like the drivers you’re installing are creating problems. Kindly contact your product support for compatible drivers.