A lot to the dismay of numerous customers, Microsoft’s Blue Display screen of Demise (BSOD) has been a mainstay in Home windows all through the years, however now for Home windows 11, it seems to be just like the BSOD is getting a makeover with a model new colour: black.
In accordance with The Verge, whereas the brand new black display of loss of life isn’t absolutely applied within the newest preview construct of Home windows 11, Microsoft is switching to a brand new black background for system crashes, probably to raised match the brand new black logon and shutdown screens in Home windows 11.
The historical past of the BSOD could be traced all the way in which again to Home windows 3.0, with it getting a handful of updates over the previous 30 years—the newest being the addition of a tragic face ASCII in Home windows 8. In Home windows 11, apart from its new black background, it appears the remainder of the BSOD is remaining unchanged, together with using a QR code and related error code.
As a result of the brand new black display hasn’t been formally applied but, those that are working the first preview construct of Home windows 11 might want to take a couple of further steps to see the brand new bsod.
In accordance with @xenopanther on Twitter (by way of Tom’s Hardware), the way in which to get the brand new black display is to alter your registry by going to HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlCrashControl and altering the DisplayPreReleaseColor to 0. (Warning, please don’t do that except you’ve got expertise modifying your Home windows registry.) After that, all that you must do to see the brand new BSOD is restart your system after which trigger a system crash by killing a important Home windows course of or another methodology.
Considerably annoyingly, if the blue display of loss of life will get modified to black, it might trigger some confusion amongst Home windows customers, as there’s already an present that means for getting a black display of loss of life, which generally happens when Home windows freezes on a black display throughout OS set up.
It’s additionally essential to notice that as a result of Microsoft has but to formally touch upon the brand new black display of loss of life, it’s attainable the brand new BSOD may merely be one thing Microsoft is testing out throughout the preview part of Home windows 11. That mentioned, with Home windows 11 set to get an enormous UI redesign, it wouldn’t be a giant shock to see the previous BSOD get a small replace too.