How to view BSOD details in Windows 10

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How to view BSOD details in Windows 10, 8.1, 8
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Windows 10, 8 had brought numerous differences compared to older versions of Windows. These two platforms are designed to be more user-friendly and to be more “intuitive”, especially for entry-level users. But, sometimes it is better to have a more complex system as you might need to be able to resolve some problems by yourself. That can be applied especially if we are talking about BSOD messages or alerts which had become just a useless sad smiley face.
bsod win 8BSOD or Blue Screen Of Death, represents the default Windows stop message or error alert. If on older versions of Windows when BSOD was displayed we could actually see detailed info related to the related problem and we could manage to resolve the issues eventually, now in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1 we can only receive a sad smiley face along with the following message, which by the way is quite annoying: “Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle, and now it needs to restart”.

So, if you want to view the classic BSOD message in Windows 10, and Windows 8, 8.1 or if you want to have access to the actual error message, follow the steps below. Of course, you can also write down the error that you had in Windows 10  or Windows 8, 8.1 and then search for it online.

How to view BSOD logs in Windows 10, 8.1, 8

1. Use your Registry Editor

  1. On your computer download the KB2929742 hotfix from here and then apply the same on your Windows 8 device.
  2. On your Windows start screen press Win+R and in the “run” box type “regedit” – click “ok” in order to run Registry Editor.win+run
  3. From Registry Editor go to path: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlCrashControl”.regedit
  4. On the right panel of the Registry Editor right-click on any empty space.
  5. Select “new” followed by “DWORD Value”.
  6. Name the new DWORD value into “DisplayParameters”.
  7. Click on this new value and set to 1 – type “1” on the “value data” box.regedit win 8
  8. Save your changes and close the Registry Editor.
  9. Also, restart your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 based device.

2. Install BlueScreenView

You can also install a dedicated software to view Blue Screen of Death details on Windows 10, Windows 8. NirSoft’s BlueScreenView scans your minidump files that your computer creates when the BSOD errors occur and then displays the details about the crashes in a simple table. In this table, you’ll find information about the date/time of the crash, the driver that might have caused the crash, and more.

Download BlueScreenView

Good job, now you should be able to see or view classic BSOD details in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1. Make sure you use the comments field from below in order to share your experience with us and with our readers.

For more information on how to fix frequent BSOD errors, check out the guides listed below:


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2014 and was revamped and updated in January 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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