The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), driving various updates of Windows into gloom for years, is going to finally change in the new version of Microsoft’s operating system, that is, Windows 11. The American tech giant announced the launch of its brand new operating system Windows 11 a few days ago and created a stir of joy and excitement in the tech world. Reports say that the new version will see plenty of visual changes and other features. But the most popular one is now reported by people who tested the developer preview. Microsoft plans to change the color of the “Blue Screen of Death” to black possibly for consistency. People claim that this is the first big modification to the Blue Screen of Death, the last one being the addition of a sad face to the Windows 8 screen back in 2012.
Although this change has not yet been put into action but is suggested to be present in the fully functional version of Windows 11. This change to a black screen is considered radical since it was last modified by a sad face almost 9 years ago as well as since the introduction of QR codes in the year 2016. The Verge says that Windows began its testing through Windows 11 preview design change and features the previous week, yet the Black Screen of Death is not involved. This change although in Windows 11, is perfectly in sync with the new black logon as well as shutdown screens. Windows 3.0 was the first version where the Blue Screen of Death was introduced. It helped the IT professionals a great deal so the support personnel can detect the memory or hardware faults quickly.
BSOD usually appears when there is a critical error in the system or an OD kernel, and it provides data to system administrators to diagnose and solve the issues caused which resulted in this disruption. While Microsoft is yet to take a firm ground on its decision, tech enthusiasts are already discussing and wondering how would the black screen of death look like to them in the black colored theme of Windows 11. It is not yet clear why Windows want to change the color of its famous Blue Screen of Death in its new version, and Microsoft hasn’t said anything about the proposed change till now. Speculations go that the company wishes to maintain a certain theme color throughout the user interface of its latest Windows 11 and it happens to be black. The Verge has some theories of its own. Windows seem to renew many parts of Windows 11, keeping a new sound approach to the Operating System.
This is likely as Windows 11 contains a visual overhaul in order to refurbish the OS, which includes classic parts such as the File Explorer, Start menu, along the BSOD. The phrase ‘Blue Screen of Death’ is kind of universal for Microsoft Windows users after the launch of Windows 8. But for those who are unwary of this phrase, the Blue Screen of Death means that a technical glitch has overcome the system that forces users to wait for hours before their system kicks back and everything is normal again. As Windows continues to be an omnipotent part of our lives, the smallest of modifications in the newer versions will elicit strong scrutiny and curiosity. Symbolically analyzing this change, Black is associated with death in cultures widespread in the world. So this new change seems to be practical.
But speaking about the Blue Screen of Death, whenever this term is uttered, it follows an image of trouble and error in the minds of techies all across the globe. When the system goes for a bug check or redresses a kernel error we immediately see the Blue Screen of Death and this notion will stay in popular tongue for some time before the Black Screen of Death replaces it completely. Some new reports suggest that apart from the theme color change, Windows will not incorporate many changes in other features of its interface and display. A BSOD is basically Windows’ own kernel error or bug check, containing with it a dump of data that lets system administrators seamlessly analyze the faults and rectify them to replace the blue screen. Although Windows 11 will have a Black Screen of Death in place of the blue one, the screen will face no change from the Blue Screen of Death found in older versions of Windows.
This means that the sad face will be present, and so will be the crash dump and the stop code. Now the ongoing preview of Windows 11 shows a green BSOD, as Microsoft always chooses green for Windows Insider builds since the year 2016. The Verge caught Microsoft currently testing this design feature in the Windows 11 preview. And as the new shutdown, as well as logon screens, will be Black in its Operating System, Microsoft may have planned beforehand to change the color of the Blue Screen of Death to adhere to the selected theme. But the latest and a matter of online discussions news that we’ll get to see with the OS will continue to be the significant change of the BSOD to the Black Screen of Death as it stirs unrest and curiosity at the same time in Windows users.
It is already mentioned above the preview version of the new Windows 11 shows a green Screen of Death; this actually is an alternative used by Microsoft to use in assemblies for members of the Windows Insider program for more than 5 years now. And since the Login interface, as well as the Shutdown interface of the new OS of the latest Windows 11 fully functional version, is designed to be in dense black color, the company has decided to take the high road and impose the black theme for all functions available in Windows 11. Apart from the color change, Microsoft has also released a new Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) feature in the new Windows. Its function is to control the refresh rate and reduce it to save the battery power on phones mainly, and enhancing the same when the user needs it. Nowadays, many laptops offer this screen refresh rate of 120 Hz or higher which enables a smooth picture display.