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November 16, 2021.

Black screen of death back to blue

Blue Screen of Death.

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Since time immemorial, screen reporting of unrecoverable system errors on Windows has been blue, hence the name “Blue Screen of Death” (BSoD). Without warning, the BSoD went black in Windows 11 (becoming “Black Screen of Death”, but still BSoD). It was the first major change to the BSoD since Microsoft added a sad face to the screen in Windows 8. Someone at Microsoft probably realized that you can’t so radically get away from tradition. In Build 22000.346 (KB5007262) released on November 12, the BSoD has switched back to blue! Listed as an improvement in the release notes, we agree that this back-to-basics is an upgrade. Seems that the change to a black screen bothered decades-long users who were used to blue. The Blue Screen of Death is synonymous with Windows, it’s part of the Windows experience so to speak.

The Verge, Tom Warren, “Windows 11’s Black Screen of Death is changing back to blue .”


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