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Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death Gets QR Code

Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death Gets QR Code

April 13, 2016Swati Khandelwal
If you are a Microsoft's Windows user, you may have encountered the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) . The Blue Screen of Death generally appears when Windows encounters any critical error due to software or hardware issues, displaying a sad face and no information other than "Your PC ran into a problem." However, now the company is apparently giving its infamous Blue Screen of Death a makeover. With the Microsoft's Anniversary Update, the company is making the Blue Screen of Death a little helpful for its users. Microsoft is adding QR code to its Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 10 that will make it easier for users to identify potential issues with their devices. The new QR codes are featured in the Redmond's latest Windows 10 Preview, Build 14316, which will debut this summer as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Must Read:   Step-by-Step Tutorial to Run Ubuntu on latest Windows 10 Preview Build . Now, when your operating
Microsoft Fixes Faulty Patch Update that Caused Windows 'Blue Screens of Death'

Microsoft Fixes Faulty Patch Update that Caused Windows 'Blue Screens of Death'

August 28, 2014Mohit Kumar
Microsoft today reissued a security update for Windows to the faulty update that previously caused PCs to suffer Blue Screens of Death (BSoD) . The new security update comes almost two weeks after reports emerged that the dodgy update crippled users' computers with the infamous "Blue Screens of Death." The company later advised people to uninstall the update, but now it has fixed the issue. " This month we had our first roll out with additional non-security updates. A small number of customers experienced problems with a few of the updates ," Tracey Pretorius, director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, wrote in a blog post .   " As soon as we became aware of some problems, we began a review and then immediately pulled the problematic updates, making these available to download. We then began working on a plan to re-release the affected updates." The offending Microsoft patch identified as MS14-045 , fixes Windows kernel vulnerabilities in 47 of Micro
Microsoft Says to Uninstall August Patch Updates, Causing 'Blue Screen of Death'

Microsoft Says to Uninstall August Patch Updates, Causing 'Blue Screen of Death'

August 19, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Microsoft on Friday quietly urged its users to uninstall the most recent round of security updates, after reports emerged that it crippled their computers with the infamous " Blue Screens of Death " (BSoD), which is really a matter of shame for one of the largest technology giants. Microsoft released security updates on its August Patch Tuesday that addressed privilege escalation vulnerabilities but an apparent font cache clearing issue caused Windows boxes to turn the colour of the screen to Blue. The tech giant forced to make this decision after hundreds of complaints, regarding the infamous Blue Screen of Death error, were sent to the company. This was not the only update to be made last week. The offending Microsoft patch identified as MS 14-045 , one of the nine updates which fixes three security issues including one in the Windows kernel - the heart of the operating system - can cause system crashes forcing users to reboot it. Soon after the initial release o
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