Oh No! the BSOD!!
Today we are reasonably free of the Blue Screen Of Death that plagued earlier versions of Windows, but it is still there waiting to pop up just when you want to do something really important.
What to do now.
This page will give you lots of info and if you have another computer available it is likely that 25,000,000 others have experienced this problem, check online you never know it might be easy to solve.
This first thing you do is restart the computer and see if it occurs again. If it starts properly you might be fine it could just be a glitch.
If it occurs again then the first thing to do is try restarting it but when the computer boots before you get a windows screen try holding down the function key F8 this will offer you a set of options.
Opt to use the “Safe mode with networking”, you will need to use your direction arrows here as the mouse will not work, select and press enter.
You will get a windows screen but with big icons as the graphics drivers are not operating.
Try checking your device manager. Type in device manager at the start and select.
This window will open:Look for anything with an exclamation mark, this will let you know there is a problem with a piece of hardware or a driver.
If there is open the device and uninstall the drivers, you will see this option, don’t worry they will reinstall on startup.
Next type in system restore, select and enter, then next at the next screen to open up this screen:
Choose a recent point and follow the prompts. The computer will restart and hopefully will recover.
If your computer fails to boot at all you will need a repair disc. Unfortunately you need to have this before your computer crashes. However any repair disc made on any Win7 will work. To create on type repair disc and select create a repair disc. Follow the prompts you will need a blank disc to burn to.
Start the faulty computer and open the dvd platter, put in the disc and restart again it should open up in a fresh window and one of the options will be to restore your computer.
If it doesn’t boot, you will need to change your BIOS.
Computers are set up to follow a sequence when they boot. They can be set to boot from a cd/dvd, if there is none in the platter they boot from the next option usually the hard drive.
If the sequence is set to boot from the hard drive first, the BIOS will often ignore the cd/dvd, so sometimes you have to change this setting.
To do this when the computer boots it will pop up messages about setup or boot sequence. Watch these and choose which ever seems appropriate. If there is a boot sequence option, choose this as it is the easiest. Then follow the prompt to change the sequence and choose to boot from the cd/dvd.
If there is not this option you will need to go into the BIOS, so choose whatever it says, usually it is the delete key DEL but it could be a function key eg F2, this advice is very fast you might have to start the computer a couple of times to catch the right timing and read the instruction.
Once you know what key to press do this after the message pops up.
Once into the BIOS the mouse will not work so you have to use the direction keys, select the tab that says BOOT or words to that effect. You will then see a list of devices the computer boots with, the order to these needs to be changed.
Look for instructions to do this on the page it might involve using function keys like F5 or F6 or Enter.
For example move to the first boot device and press enter, this might drop down a small menu where you can change the sequence.
Once changed click F10 to save and exit.
The computer will then boot to whatever you choose first, then if there is no disc in the platter the hard drive will probably be to next option.