Orange Screen of Death on Windows 10 [FIX]

By: Madeleine Dean
3 minute read

When Windows 10 encounters severe functioning issues, it can sometimes displays an Orange Screen of Death. This error is far less common than the famous Blue Screen of Death, Black Screen of Death or the new Green Screen of Death errors, but it does occur.

If your computer has crashed with an Orange Screen of Death error or boots up to an orange screen, then the troubleshooting steps listed in this article may help you.

First, let’s see how one user describes this issue:

I just encountered a problem with my computer running on Windows 10. While starting an online game of Battlefield 4, the computer abruptly (of course it is abruptly when you get a Windows Screen of Death) showed an Orange screen of death, which to me felt unusual, since I am used to seeing a blue screen of death.

How to fix Orange Screen of Death on PC

1. Press and hold your computer’s power button to restart Windows 10. Wait until the PC reboots to see if this simple action solved the problem.

2. If Duet Display is installed on your computer, simply uninstall it. Ddkmd.sys, a component of Duet Display, is known to cause system crashes on Windows.

3. Unplug unnecessary external hardware, such as printers, webcams, additional monitors, mice, headphones and see if this fixes the problem.

4. Remove overclock settings and tools. When you overclock your PC, you change its hardware clock rate, multiplier, or voltage, which generates more heat. As a result, your CPU or GPU may become unstable. Orange Screen of Death errors can also indicate that your GPU is overloaded.

5. Remove softOSD software

Some users have reported that softOSD.exe can cause orange screen issues on Windows 10. Try removing softOSD software from your computer:

  1. Go to Start button > Settings > System.
  2. In the left pane, choose Apps & features.
  3. Find softOSD on the list, select it and then click the Uninstall button.
  4. If you’re prompted to remove sds64a.sys, skip that step.

6. Update your graphics card drivers

  1. Go to Start > type Device Manager > expand the Display adapters category.
  2. Right click your graphics card > select Update Driver.
  3. Select “Search automatically for updated driver software”.
  4. If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, go to your device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.

7. If the Orange Screen of Death appears on boot up and you’ve encrypted your OS using Bitlocker or other encryption tool, type your Bitlocker password, and hit Enter when you see the orange screen. Even if you don’t see a case to type your password, your computer receives the input.

Now, after you log in, launch Command Prompt as an Admin, and type the following command:

BCDEDIT /Set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

This will turn BitLocker’s pre-boot screen into a “character mode” display, eliminating the orange screen issues.

8. If you’ve encountered the Orange Screen of Death while playing your favorite games, set your game configuration file settings to default. Gamers confirmed that some graphics tweaks occasionally cause OSoD issues.

We hope that some of the solutions listed above helped you to fix the OSoD errors that you encountered. If you’ve come across other workarounds to fix this problem, feel free to list the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.


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