After I read this article
, I figured I'd write my own guide.
1. Replace all your hardware once a month. Buy new RAM, hard drive, video card, CPU, and motherboard, and optical drives. Bad hardware is one of the biggest causes of BSODs, so it is important to make sure it is in good working order.
2. Do not install any third-party applications. Use only
what comes with a retail copy of Windows, or is provided directly from Microsoft. Microsoft knows best how their OS works, and third-party developers may write code that causes BSODs.
3. If possible, remain disconnected from the internet. That way, your system has no chance of getting malware, which is another cause of BSODs.
4. If you must go online, be sure to use an anti-virus. Microsoft Security Essentials is the only one you should use, see #2. Use the built-in Windows Firewall, and stay away from everything else like the plague.
5. Do not connect any devices to the computer, other than monitors, keyboards, mice, etc. Use basic Microsoft peripherals, so that means no fancy gaming mice, etc that use third-party drivers. Thumb drives are okay, because they use generic drivers, but webcams are not.
6. Stay far away from registry cleaners, no matter how reputable they may seem.
7. Make sure your temperatures stay in control. Overheating system components will bring down a system.