How to Fix the Blue Screen Error in Windows 10

Last updated on October 20, 2018 by Christina Orange

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How to Fix the Blue Screen Error in Windows 10

Let’s say that you are working in an important presentation or project and your Windows 10 system crashes suddenly, showing a blue screen with an error code. Alternatively, when you are playing a game that you love but your PC fails you and doesn’t manage to restart. Well, the blue screen error in Windows is actually quite common for most Windows 10 users. However, it is still really frustrating. Therefore, it would be important to identify the cause first and then attempt to fix it accordingly. In this article, we will discuss different types of Windows 10 blue screen and the corresponding solutions.

What is the Blue Screen Error?

So what is this annoying blue screen error and why does it pop up? The Blue Screen error, also known as “stop error” makes the system forcefully shut down without any option to save previous work, which leads to data loss. Even after you switch on your PC following such error, the system won’t display its normal functions like your screen’s taskbar or the Start Menu. What you’ll get instead is an unexpected message that says your PC has encountered a problem and needs to restart.

error message

How to Fix Windows 10 Blue Screen Error

The Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or Stop Error screen can appear in different situations. Below are some types of the blue screen error in Windows 10 and the ways to fix them. Just read through to tackle the annoying issue.

1. Blue Screen Error After Upgrading to Windows 10

windows10 upgrade error For users who encounter a blue screen error due to their Windows 10 upgrades, the set up will switch back to the previous Windows mode. It is essential to know that there is nothing serious about worry about as the upgrade can restart. However, if the blue Screen error persists when you are trying to upgrade your system, you should speak to a PC expert and seek help.

2. Windows 10 Blue Screen After Update

incomplete update There are some specific blue screen errors that prevent access to your desktop while others do allow you to enter your desktop, and this is why we are going to attempt to sort this out based on the type of the error. A possible culprit of a blue screen error could be a faulty update or installation of a new driver in the system. Here is how you can solve this, depending on the status of the error.

3. Windows 10 blue screen Error That Permits the User to Enter the Desktop

If you can still enter your desktop, it is mandatory to remove the update that triggers the error. If you aren’t exactly sure what this update is, you should try to uninstall all available updates. This is how you can do this:

Step1 Look for the Right option

Head to the search bar and look for the order “View your update history” and click on it.

search bar option

Step2 Uninstall faulty updates

Enlarge the Window from there to view the last installed dates, choose the updates you wish to uninstall, and click “Uninstall”.

unistall recent update

If this uninstall process seems to resolve the blue screen error, you should also make sure that you block any future updates automatically in your system settings.

4. Windows 10 BSOD That Doesn’t Permit Access to Your Desktop

If the blue screen error doesn’t let you access the Desktop, when all things were done, don’t panic. There are steps you can take to address this issue. Here are the steps you can follow to try and fix the issue.

Step1 Let the system switch mode automatically

The system, after a restart failure tries to switch to a repairing mode automatically.

auto repair mode

Step2 Select System Restore Point

Once Automatic repair is complete, the system will display a “Choose an option” screen where you will be asked to choose “Troubleshoot>Advanced Options>System restores”. This will switch back your PC at an earlier mode, before the error popped up. You can be also set up an earlier point manually. However, you can only do so before encountering the error to let the system go back to that point when such error does happen.

system restore point

Step3 Use the restored system

Once your system switches back to a previous point, all the previously installed updates and updated drivers will be canceled, without any impact on your personal chosen updates.

system restore successful

If the system restores appears to resolve the error, you must make sure that all automatic updates by the system are stopped.

5. Windows 10 Blue Screen Message Showing Up While Using Your System

Let’s get into a fix for one of the most annoying Blue Screen errors: the one that occurs while you are using your system as usual. Such error is annoying as you may risk losing important data or be unable to make any progress and save your work. For this reason, it is vital to fix the problem to prevent any data loss. If the error is the result of a hardware issue, here are some steps to follow.

Step1 Look for old system updates

In most cases, the Windows 10 blue screen error pops up if the Windows system has not been updated for a long period of time. In this case, you can head to search field on the Taskbar, search for a Windows update, and choose the same option. On the Windows update section, you can look up for updates and then click to install them.

update old drivers

Step2 Remove a recently installed hardware

In uncommon occasion, any installation of hardware units can result in a blue screen error. For the users encountering an issue like this, it is suggested that you take off any USB drive or any other hardware unit you have previously connected and turn off your PC.

remove hard drive


All the previous steps can be used for fixing the blue screen error problem in Windows 10 successfully. If the issue still persists, it is suggested to scan your system with an Antivirus to find out whether there is a virus or malware in your PC. In some cases though, the cause could be a big file active in the system which occupies much space, especially a game file or multimedia files. Additionally, the laptop should also be aired justly as high temperatures cause overheating and this may result in a blue screen error. Nonetheless, if you have correctly set and used your computer, the chances of encountering a blue screen in Windows 10 will be minimal. And if you do get a blue screen error, you know now what to do!

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