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Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death

Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS lays out the ground rules to fixing the problems that can cause a Blue Screen of Death. Or, you can just reinstall your ENTIRE PC... it's your choice!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Mar 23 2013   Mike Dowler  
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Fixing device drivers

In the case of a device driver, you can either roll it back to a previous (functional) version of the driver or disable it. To do either right click on 'my computer' and select 'properties' then go to the 'hardware' tab and choose 'device manager.'

From here, expand the section where the troublesome device driver is located (video card drivers are found in 'display adaptors,' sound card in 'sound video and game controllers' and motherboard drivers in 'IDE/ATAPI controllers'). Highlight the device, right click and hit 'properties.'

Go to the 'drivers' tab.

From here you can use the 'roll back' option to revert to the previous driver version, or use the 'uninstall' option to remove the driver completely. Note that you should not uninstall video card or motherboard drivers, as this will stop Windows XP from booting just as effectively as your BSOD problem is doing. Attempt to 'roll back' the drivers first.

A second possibility is to right click on the offending device in device manager and choose 'disable' which will prevent XP from loading that device driver during startup. For obvious reasons, you should not use this on video card or motherboard drivers either.

If you are able to boot into Windows normally after these procedures, look for a working driver to update any device that you uninstalled or disabled.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death
 Pg 2.  Reading the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD)
 Pg 3.  Why Do BSOD's happen?
 Pg 4.  Basic troubleshooting for all BSOD errors
 Pg 5.  Section A: Troubleshooting Software & Driver stop messages
 Pg 6.  — Fixing device drivers
 Pg 7.  Fixing software problems
 Pg 8.  Section B: Troubleshooting hardware and system file based BSODs
 Pg 9.  Section C: Troubleshooting Windows XP install BSODs
 Pg 10.  Section D: Troubleshooting Intermittent Blue Screens or Crashes

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