DIY BSOD [1337]

As if you haven’t got enough problems already when you get a Blue Screen of Death, microsoft has built in a rather remarkable feature in windows.

You can actually create your own BSOD. Why… well honestly I don’t have a clue. I’m guessing it can come in handy when you want to demo a blue screen or something? Or give your best friend a good scare?

Anyway, I just know you are thrilled *ahem* to know how to do this. So follow these simple steps:

  1. Hit start >> run (in vista/7 type in the input box) and type REGEDIT. Hit enter. This will open the registry editor.
  2. Locate key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters
  3. Click edit >> new >> DWORD, name the new value CrashOnCtrlScroll
  4. Double click the freshly created value CrashOnCtrlScroll and type 1 in the input box then click ok
  5. Close regedit and reboot

Now if you want to use this BSOD there is one more thing you need to disable (well you don’t actually NEED TO, but then you won’t be able to show off your own Blue Screen).

  1. Press the windows key+BREAK (a button you’ve probably never used before in your life)
  2. Open the advanced tab
  3. Hit the settings button in the Startup And Recovery panel
  4. Uncheck the Automatically Restart check box in the System Failure panel
  5. Click ok and ok again

To use your fancy BSOD… Press the ctrl button on the right side of your keyboard and hit scroll lock twice.



Enjoy your extra Blue Screen of Death :D.

(By the way, I once owned a blue t-shirt with a BSOD message printed on… :D… I honestly don’t know why I keep telling you these things)


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