Windows 11 black screen of death will turn blue again

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Windows 11 didn’t have the smoothest launch. Since release, every Patch Tuesday has been filled with a long list of bug fixes, tweaks, and updates. Ars Technica took the time to read a (very long) changelog for a version that will be released in the preview channel and found this:

We changed the screen color to blue when a device stops working or a Stop error occurs like in previous versions of Windows.

Anyone who has spent time with a PC knows the Blue Screen of Death all too well. Something went very wrong! Most gamers have likely experienced BSODs due to an issue with a device driver, aggressive overclocking, or faulty hardware.

For some reason, Microsoft chose to replace the traditional blue screen with a black screen in Windows 11. Apparently, it never said why it made the change, but the reasoning is probably as simple as introducing a Another way to make Windows 11 feel “new” with the rest of the UI redesign. Perhaps equally puzzling why it was chosen to return to the blue screen. Have users provided feedback to Microsoft to request the reversion? “Hey Microsoft, I want my crashes to be blue! Blue screen nostalgia is one thing apparently.

The Blue Screen of Death is part of the Windows experience. Its origins date back to Windows 1.0. It has evolved over the years with the addition of debugging and QR codes that can help users determine the cause of a problem. Later versions of Windows have added a sad face emoticon, as if the feeling of shock and dread when your screen flashes in that damn blue isn’t enough.

If you haven’t migrated to Windows 11 yet, check out our review. While it’s far from perfect, Microsoft is improving it. It’s not that you want to see it, but Windows Update will include the “new” blue screen in a public release in the near future, possibly in a few weeks.

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