Blue Screen of Death Windows 10
Do you have a restore point set up on your Windows PC? If, like most of the world, your answer is “Uuh… no,” then it’s always better to get a restore point loaded for future reference sooner rather than later. At mustardit, we know that a surprising percentage of PC repair shop customers wouldn’t be there if they’d just remember a few basic usage tips for Windows PCs. High on that list is: set up a restore point!
In the early days of a new PC, establish a restore point in anticipation of future issues. Often the tail end of a PC’s life sees the owner back and forth to the repair shop, trying out various fixes to prolong its use. This scenario isn’t always avoidable, as PCs – like cars and scooters and espresso machines – all wear down, and mechanical failure will require professional intervention. Many operating system (OS) issues can, however, be resolved by the owner, although this information isn’t usually shared by those who make good money out of easy fixes!
Restore points and “manageable” minor crashes
Much like property insurance or health coverage – that we often pay for yet feel is irrelevant – aren’t we glad it’s there when we need it? A restore point is exactly the same. It can make the difference between years of further pleasant use of your PC, or an unwelcome and often sudden expense or machine change. It’s that blunt and brutal.
The simple act of setting up a restore point means you can often eliminate system glitches in a few minutes at your home or office. When your PC is dragging its feet and barely functional, restore points are an easy solution. To establish a restore point on a Windows 10 PC:
- Press the Windows key and start typing “Create a restore point” and that exact title will pop into the dialogue box.
- Select it, and under System Protection, at the bottom, select “Create.” Name the restore point and follow the last prompts to completion.
Now, you have the reassurance that if any issue appears over time that can be resolved with a system restore, you’re good to go. Alongside this and, indeed, as a baseline recommendation for PC use, make sure you consistently back up your data on a regular basis if you’re not in the cloud. If you’re erratic with backups or nervous about migrating to the cloud, IT support (like us!) can build a watertight solution to safeguard your data and ensure you’re getting optimum security and safe, accessible storage.
Personal files won’t be deleted if you need to do a system restore, although some apps might be affected. None of this matters if they were freeware, or if you have a product license. Creating a restore point remains in the realm of manageable DIY answers to a minor crash or perpetual buggy behaviour.
Reviving a completely crashed machine 1-2-3
How to fix Blue Screen of Death Windows 10
What happens when your PC keeps crashing, though? Your PC crashes and all attempts at rebooting just take you back to a hanging blue or black screen? This hack won’t always work, but it’s simple and easy for anyone to do. Officially not a “hack,” but rather a system protocol, this method does work in the vast majority of cases. Whether your PC switches on and allows you to toggle between screens or not, this method of resetting is basically what the techie at the store is doing when they say “Come back later in four or five hours.”
There are three simple steps to escape haunting by the blue screen of death, and some tech-savvy users even periodically reset their PCs, notwithstanding (and sometimes because of) perpetual OS and individual app updates.
- To start, if you’re still navigating successfully on your machine, save and close everything you’re working on. Close all open apps and shut the machine down. Ideally, you’ll shut down correctly following the system prompts, but if your PC is hanging and there’s no response, force shutdown and start with step two.
- Wait for at least two minutes before switching your machine back on. Then, as you switch on and watch your machine boot up, as the BIOS screen appears (or when start-up goes to a black screen) hit the F11 key. You’ll be taken to new menu options that lead you to repair alternatives.
- Displayed options will include saving or removing apps, as well as OS and other data that demand a decision. When in doubt, opt to save things you don’t recognize. By keeping files and perhaps other data, you won’t impact the success of the reset. The whole process should only last a half hour or so, but sometimes longer.
Tip three and a half? Resist the temptation to chase or otherwise fiddle during resetting after it commences. Let the machine do its thing. If you force shutdowns because you’re frustrated, you can’t expect a legitimate cure from the attempt. And tip number three and three quarters? If the first run doesn’t work, try it two or three more times again. Don’t just accept the first attempt’s results if it fails.
If you’re living without IT support attending to your technology needs, these tips should steer you out of debilitating crashes borne of system failures. Of course, the idea is to have professional oversight that’ll prevent you from getting to the point of failing tech. If you find yourself alone in the nightmare of a failing PC, however, following the steps above should see you back up and running happily again in no time.
After a crash and reset, be diligent about shutting down regularly and correctly. Treat your PC as you do your car or juice extractor – as a machine with working parts – and shut it down whenever it’s not in use. This will also optimize your PC’s performance and, ultimately, its longevity too.
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