After a long wait, Microsoft released the first preview of Windows 11 last week. We have covered Windows 11’s new features and user interface improvements in detail. But now another major design change has been revealed. That is the big blue screen of death in Windows 11.
Microsoft turned the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 11 to black. The software giant started testing its new design changes in its Windows 11 review earlier this week.
But the Black Screen of Death isn’t fully activated yet. The Verge anticipates that Microsoft will switch to a black screen of death for Windows 11. This will match the new black login screen.
This is the first major change to the BSOD since Microsoft added sad faces in Windows 8 in 2012 and QR codes in 2016. Microsoft first introduced BSODs in Windows 3.0. It gives IT professionals and support staff the ability to diagnose hardware memory errors.
A BSOD is a self-check for errors or bugs in the Windows kernel and usually contains a data dump. This can help system administrators analyze which system error is causing the blue screen.
While Microsoft switched to the black screen of death in Windows 11, the screen is identical to the one in Windows 10. The sad ones persist, as does the stop and dump code. This Windows 11 preview includes a green BSOD, the color Microsoft has been using to create Windows Insiders since 2016.
We’re not entirely sure why Microsoft changed the color from blue to black. The company hasn’t commented on the change yet. However, I have a few theories.
Microsoft redesigned many parts of Windows 11 with a new approach to the operating system. This is likely because Windows 11 includes a visual overhaul to update the operating system in key areas, including classic sections like the Start menu, File Explorer, and now even the BSOD.
It’s important to note, however, that Microsoft has experimented with different colors. At least at some point, Windows 10 Insider Builds users will get a green death screen, and those with hardware failure will sometimes get a red death screen. However, the most common crash screen is always blue.
In the absence of recorded comments from Microsoft, we can assume that the black crash screen is something the company is testing and it is possible to replace the blue one. Anyway, we’ll still call it a BSOD.
Although Black Screen of Death expect to find its way to the final version of Windows 11, Microsoft is not currently enabling it. For the preview compilation, Microsoft used green for the BSOD, which the company has been using to preview Windows since 2016.