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Microsoft tries to make BSOD friendlier

by on12 April 2016

Lipstick on a pig

Software giant Microsoft is working to make Windows' infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) a little friendlier, adding a quick-response code (QR code) which can be scanned with a smartphone or tablet.

The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) has been a pain in the arse of users since Windows NT 3.1. When it appears it basically means that your computer is going to shut off, there is nothing you can do about it. Worst of all, if it happens again for the same reason you can’t do much about it either.

The current version has TrueType fonts and a sad-face emoticon which feels as sincere as a the British train companies saying “we regret the inconvenience” when your train is late.

But it does throw a lot of information at you and expects you to write it down for later, something that few people are quick enough to do.

In the most recent beta builds available to Windows Insiders, though, Microsoft has put QR codes embedded into the BSOD. The code simply links the user to the official BSOD information page, but it is possible to use the QR code to direct users to specific pages depending on the particular error encountered. Of course you will have to grab your phone and scan the QR code pretty smartish.

Last modified on 12 April 2016
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