Fix: Windows Vista Blue Screen of Death Crash Dump Error
Seen a sudden blue screen with a bunch of crash dump error codes while having your works half done? In Windows Vista, blue screen error or, blue screen of death (commonly known as BSOD), is indeed the scariest error you can ever encounter. The computer will restart in a few seconds after the blue screen of death shows up. That said, if you were unfortunate enough to see one, all the works you’ve been working for at the last boot were probably gone. Here in this post, I will show you how you can fix this dreaded vista blue screen of death. Well first we have to figure out what is causing the vista blue screen of death.
Corrupted Registry – vista blue screen of death error
The registry is the lifeblood of your system. It is a single place for keeping such information as what hardware is attached, what system options have been selected, how computer memory is set up, and what application programs are to be present when the operating system is started. So obviously when something goes wrong with the registry, it can cause major problems include the blue screen of death. Unfortunately, Windows Vista doesn’t have any built-in mechanism to fix corrupted registry errors. You’ll need to clean up your registry problems with a Registry Cleaner.
Analyzing the Blue Screen Crash Dump Error Messages
By default, your computer will restart a few seconds after the blue screen error shows up which makes you impossible to write down the error message on the screen. Thus, the very first thing you have to do is to stop your Windows from rebooting when a STOP error is encountered. To do so, follow the following steps:
- Click Start –> Control Panel.
- Select System and Maintenance.
- Next, select System.
- Now click Advanced system settings in the task panel on the left-hand side.
- In the System Properties dialog box, under Startup and Recovery, click the Settings button.
- In the Startup and Recovery dialog box, clear the checkbox named Automatic restart under the System failure heading.
When the blue screen of death is shown, jot down the STOP error code and (if exist) the filename of the driver or module that causes the problem. Then, go to Microsoft website and search for the error code and see if you can find a fix with a patch or an update. You can also google your error code and see if there’s already someone who encountered this before and got the fix.
Best way to find the cause of a vista blue screen error
Not only for a vista blue screen error, this is somehow the best way to find the cause of any problem. Follow the steps below to identify the source of your problem:
Vista bluescreen BSOD- Step 1: Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Problems Reports and Solutions -> View problem history.
Vista bluescreen BSOD- Step 2: You should now see a list of recent problems encountered. Double click on the most recent windows “shut down unexpectedly”.
Vista bluescreen BSOD- Step 3: You should now see the blue screen error log. Click on the “View a temporary copy of these files” to open the directory of the crash dump file. Copy the crash dump file to your desktop directory.
Vista bluescreen BSOD- Step 4: Download Microsoft Windows Debugging Tools and install it. This will add a whole set of command line tools under “C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows (x86)”.
Vista bluescreen BSOD- Step 5: Go to Start, type cmd.exe in the search box and hit enter. By default, you should be at the user profile directory, go to the directory of your Desktop by typing chdir Desktop.
Vista bluescreen BSOD- Step 6: To analyze the crash file you’ve copied just now, type “C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows (x86)\dumpchk.exe” [YourCrashFileName] and hit enter. You should now be able to see the description of the problem. Find the words Problem caused by and identify what causes the blue screen error. Then, uninstall the program that runs the error file. If you don’t know what program runs the file, google the file name and find out the source of the file.
Temperature Problem – vista blue screen of death error
Your hardware might sometimes get overheated and therefore your computer have to stop it from continuing to run. To check if it’s your hardware temperature problem, you have to go to your BIOS settings and look for hardware monitoring. From there you are able to see the temperate of your processor as well as the surroundings of your motherboard. If any temperature reading is showing more than 70 degree celcius, it could be caused by excessive dust inside your computer and you will have to do something about it. Please read:
- 10 Simple Tips on How to Clean The Inside of a Computer
- How to Clean Laptop Fan
- PC Cleaning Tips – Computer Cleaning Tools
Software Conflicts – vista blue screen of death error
Software conflicts happen rarely but it’s one of the most common causes of vista blue screen of death error. Try to recall what you have installed to your computer recently and try to uninstall it. This way can often solve the problem. There was once I got a software conflict between two security programs. I was using ZoneAlarm firewall and at the same time I’ve my norton firewall left opened. This created conflicts and my PC shows me a blue screen error which I was able to fix by uninstalling one of them.
System core files infected by virus – vista blue screen of death
Computer virus that can replicate itself into your system files are considered the most deadliest virus in the world of computer. If any of the following windows core files is infected by a virus, you’ll have to do a virus checkup and try to disinfect those that have been infected immediately. If they cannot be fixed by an antivirus program, you’ll have to do a system restore.
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