The “Blue screen of death” Windows is a historical Windows error that has no turning back: once it appears, there is no choice but to restart the computer. Apparently Microsoft would change a tradition that started 36 years ago: would become black.
According to screenshots of the feature in the Windows 11 beta seen by The Verge, although the content on the page remains the same as in Windows 10, the “Screen of death” it has a black background instead of blue.
The rest of the information remains unchanged, with a percentage showing the time remaining for Windows to collect information about the problem, the error code, and a link and a QR code for additional information and support.
In reality, Microsoft did not change the design of the Windows error screen since 2016, when it introduced QR codes, while in 2012, still with Windows 8 added a sad face emoji.
The new error message.
.Now, after the announcement at the end of June of the new system that will replace Windows 10, an important change in this element has been announced.
A mistake with a history
Blue screen: a historical Windows error. Photo Microsoft
The first blue screen of death appears in Windows version 1.0. If the operating system cannot boot properly, a blue screen will be displayed with letters, symbols, numbers, kanji and kana in Japanese systems and special characters (mojibake).
If there was an error loading MS-DOS or in the load of Windows, I was getting a black screen with a cursor, because there is a critical error, there is a possibility that it will boot after this error.
After this, enter Windows 95 and 7, remained similar.
The Windows Error Screen 1.0, released in 1985. Photo Microsoft
From Windows 8 added an emoji and then a code Qr to have information about the error on our cell phone.
Microsoft did not comment on future changes to its next operating system. In fact, it could be that it is part of these early versions of the operating system, even the leaked one.
There was also a black version in development versions of Windows 10, but it is certainly a significant change for one of those “unlivable but irreplaceable” elements of Windows.
Actually the black screen of death had already been part of other versions of Windows in the past and it used to show up when the system couldn’t boot.
The point is that this screenshot was not like the traditional BSOD, and it used to simply show a small message warning of that circumstance and that it had not been found some file necessary for the boot process.
Microsoft introduced on Thursday of last week Windows 11, the next generation of its operating system, which will begin to arrive for free on compatible Windows 10 computers at the end of 2021. It does not yet have a release date, but it is expected to arrive for the end of the year.
The current version of the operating system, Windows 10, was released on July 29, 2015. It is estimated that more than 1.3 billion people around the world have it installed on their computer, according to data from the company itself.
By 2025, it will be out of support.