Mar 21, 2018

Free Utility To Analyze Blue Screens of Death (BSOD) in Windows

For some reason over the last month or so, my company has been experiencing a random string of Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). It turned out to be caused by a certain Microsoft update for Windows 10, but during the troubleshooting process my desktop tech mentioned a tool that I had never heard of before. It's called BlueScreenView!

From their page:

BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version).  
For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash.
BlueScreenView is created by NirSoft, whose software I've written about in the past. I never knew about this particular tool until my desktop tech mentioned it though.

Here are some screenshots:

Pretty cool right? Hopefully this tool can help you figure out what's causing BSOD's in your environment!

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