Understand BSoD on your PC with BlueScreen View

Windows 7 is just a few months away from full release and so many Windows users, particularly those fed up with Vista and still holding on to their XPs are quite excited because finally, some form of relief is on its way.

However, Windows 7 is still a Windows OS so crashes, bugs and the dreaded BSoD or “blue screen of death” would still be part of the Windows experience. However, we no longer dread the BSoD so much now as we did many years ago.

Over the years, we have become brave enough to face the BSoD with the hope of using its cryptic message to troubleshoot what has caused Windows to shoot its own foot and crash. All because of the growing number of tools and techniques to decipher the BSoD’s message.

One such handy application is this week’s tool of the week: BlueScreen View. It’s a free stand-alone application, which doesn’t need to be installed for it be used, takes all of your minidump files created when your system crashes and displays all the information about each crash in tabular form.

Understand BSoD with BlueScreen View
Understand BSoD with BlueScreen View

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).

BlueScreenView Features

  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
  • BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.

System Requirements

  • BlueScreenView works with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as long as Windows is configured to save minidump files during BSOD crashes.
  • Currently, BlueScreenView can only read minidump files of 32-bit systems, but it cannot read the dump files created by x64 systems. It’s possible that x64 support will be added in future versions.

Give BlueScreen View a download and be more confident in troubleshooting the BSoD on your PC. The coolest thing about this app, is it’s free.

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