Got a Purple Screen of Death on PC? Here’s how to fix it

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by Madalina Dinita
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Purple Screen of Death PC

When Windows encounters severe issues, it can sometimes display a Purple Screen of Death. While this error is far less common than the famous Blue Screen of Death, but it does occur.

Before we dive into the matter, here’s how one user describes this issue:

Windows 10 upgrade went all the way to win 10 from win 7 pro. When shut down then power on get blinking purple screen and cannot do anything. Can only hold the power button down to turn off. Cannot get to login only shut down with power button.

If your computer crashes with a Purple Screen of Death, follow the troubleshooting steps listed in this article to fix the problem.


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How do I fix Purple Screen of Death issues on PC?

1. Update your graphics card drivers

1.1. Update drivers manually

  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.

You can also try to follow up with this guide in order to update your drivers on your Windows PC.


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1.2. Update drivers automatically

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2. Force shut down your PC

Press and hold your computer’s power button to shut down the device. Oftentimes, this simple action solves the problem, saving you the trouble of following complicated troubleshooting steps.

3. Disconnect all peripherals

Unplug unnecessary external hardware, such as printers, webcams, additional monitors, mice, headphones to 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. Purple Screen of Death errors can also indicate your GPU is overloaded.

You can also use a dedicated device or software to cool your computer. For example, you can use a cooling pad as well as specialized cooling software to dissipate heat faster.

5. Clean the heat sink

Purple screens are usually caused by GPU malfunctions due to excessive heat. It is a good idea to clean your device’s heat sink in order to remove any obstructions.

We hope the solutions listed above help you fix the less common Purple Screen of Death issue. If you’ve come across other solutions to fix this problem, you can list the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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