Windows "Blue Screen of Death" error
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Microsoft has made a lot of changes in Windows 11, and a lot of them make sense. One that made almost no sense, though, was changing the blue screen of death (BSOD) to black. Thankfully, Microsoft is changing it back to blue, so when your PC crashes, you’ll at least feel at home.

Windows Central spotted the change tucked in a Windows Insider release, and Microsoft says, “We changed the screen color to blue when a device stops working or a stop error occurs as in previous versions of Windows.”

The last significant change Microsoft made to the BSOD was adding a sad face in Windows 8, which is undoubtedly the expression most people feel when they see the screen come up on their computer. Will a quick restart fix the issue, or is something seriously wrong?

As far as when we’ll actually see the blue screen added to Windows 11, it’s hard to say precisely. However, it should be soon, as it’s in the release preview channel for Windows Insiders. This is usually the final step before a feature makes its way to the final version of the operating system.

This is the same Windows Update that has Microsoft preventing what it calls “improperly redirected” microsoft-edge: links.

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