The Blue Screen of Death or BSOD is an infamous error screen that appears when the system encounters an unsolvable problem. When it fails, Windows creates a memory dump for further analysis and troubleshooting, and then automatically reboots. In 2012, with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft changed the hard-to-understand BSOD screen from Windows 7 to a more convenient one with a clearer explanation, but still useless to many users of what just happened to your computer. And in Windows 11, a black screen of death will appear. What it will look like, we will show below.

Black screen of death

In 2016, Microsoft introduced the "Green Screen of Death," a unique version of BSOD with a green background that only appears in pre-builds of Windows. Five years later, Microsoft is changing the BSOD screen again. This time it is the Black Screen of Death. It seems that the only change in the BSOD user interface is the background color. The sad smiley face, the QR code and the brief explanation of the error code remain the same.

windows11 bsod

Microsoft has not yet commented on why it decided to change the BSOD screen. Some might argue that the black background now matches the black boot and shutdown screens in Windows 11. Others speculate that the black fill looks less shocking than the blue one.

It's also worth noting that the first preview build of Windows 11 is still showing a green death screen. The Verge claims that Microsoft will include the new "Black Screen of Death" in future builds of Windows 11. Perhaps Microsoft itself will tell us in the future why the death screen has changed.

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