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Windows 7: Why do people get BSODs

19 Jan 2016   #11
indianacarnie

 

I've only had one.......... that I can remember. Bought a computer at a yard sale once, way back in the long ago,and the hard drive was failing. In the process of trying to remove all the previous owners personal files (yes, sexiboi I'm talking about you) it blue screened. Didn't figure out why until I started doing the diagnostics. Went ahead and trashed it after that as I had another much better machine. So, I learned multiple things from that machine. MOST importantly, to erase my drives when I get rid of them!


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20 Jan 2016   #12
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

The only times I get BSOD is due to driver incompatibility (nasty little critters). Don't trust Windows Update to get manufacturer-specific drivers. I was being lazy.

I don't like the BSODs in the newer OS versions. They don't show the hex error code. How am I supposed to know what went wrong?
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20 Jan 2016   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I seldom get a BSOD that isn't cause by me trying different things while over clocking. Those are my doing.

My older computer with a Asus P6X58D-E after several years running a over clock decide to BSOD. All I did was back off the ram over clock and things went back to great. I'm presuming that hardware over time wears down a little and needs different settings.

Now on the system in my specs was a little different. Lots of BSOD until I figured I had some bad (new) GSkill ram. It does take a lot of time running test on 32 gigs of ram. No more GSkill for me.

One other time when I had a bad SSD. The power connector to the SSD melted to the SSD. The problem was easy to find. Just followed my nose. It took Intel a week to RMA it and things are great again.

By reading a lot of BSOD post it seem to me most BSOD are caused by Drivers. Some are just very old drivers that came with the computer.

I'm thinking that most driver problems are cause by people installing this and that and not paying attentions to proper methods. Then they remove this and that and start downloading and installing some more this and that.

I will coin the phrase.
Driver This and That Problem.
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20 Jan 2016   #14
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I worked in software development for many years and mostly encountered BSOD's when dealing with pre-Alpha type software. Really early versions of software that was a long way from being ready for production.

I can't even remember the last time I had a BSOD on my personal computers.
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20 Jan 2016   #15
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have got about 20 to 30 BSODs in the ten months since my computer was built for me by my local shop. Also lots of glitches like Photoshop not running for no reason and requiring me to go back two days to a restore point. Used to have severe permissions problems (I am the Admin) but that was solved. Its a simple setup: desktop, standalone, no dodgy software installed, no wifi, no network. Antivirus, tethered mouse. I don't do anything strange. Its been back twice and will go again because it is having up to three automatic attempts to start up. I can do work on it but will suggest to my computer shop that it probably needs a clean install of Windows to clean out the system. All my friends' machines work OK. Why me not?
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20 Jan 2016   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

@Stevekir

Just a suggestion to try.

You use AVG CloudCare Anti virus. AVG has a poor reputation from people on this forum.
From your specs..

Quote:
USB drives as backups
Internet Speed 10 to 12 Mb per second
Antivirus AVG CloudCare AntiVirus 2015 (Paid) Windows Defender (off)

Remove AVG, everything AVG from you system using their online tool and install MSE.

Then do a Disk Cleanup using this tutorial by Brink.

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use


Give it a try for awhile.
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20 Jan 2016   #17
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Pushing the envelope usually trying to get more performance
Funny win-10's color reminds me of blue screen
Yet the only one I've gotten flashed so fast I didn't even get to read it
Wonderful GPU Tweak caused my first and only one simply installing the most recent version
Thank goodness for system images and your tutorial Wolfgang
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20 Jan 2016   #18
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The only time I've ever had a BSOD was when I was tuning my RAM and got a little too aggressive with the timings. My fault.
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20 Jan 2016   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Pushing the envelope usually trying to get more performance
Funny win-10's color reminds me of blue screen
Yet the only one I've gotten flashed so fast I didn't even get to read it
Wonderful GPU Tweak caused my first and only one simply installing the most recent version
Thank goodness for system images and your tutorial Wolfgang


Well I am glad you are still referring to my tutorial. Then the work was useful.
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20 Jan 2016   #20
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I can give you a large list of reasons why a bluescreen occurs, but you know most of them
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