Windows 10 has been plagued by the Blue Screen of Death or BSOD. This often happens after the installation of an AMD graphics driver. This article attempts to unpack some of the reasons for this as well as giving you hints on how you can prevent it from reducing your positive user experiences. The error screen is a warning of a serious fundamental problem that you must resolve in order to continue using the system. It can happen when you are in the middle of an upgrade or immediately after the upgrade.

At other times it appears after booting. BSOD is noted for not displaying error information unlike the black screen. That is why you have to take steps to force Windows 10 or Windows 8 to display the details of the error. The most common cause is a problem with the BIOS settings. Some of the reasons behind it could include a corrupted download file or even an installer.

Developing a response strategy

When BSOD happens during an upgrade, you are automatically taken back to the original OS that you had. You are then forced to do the upgrade again if you are looking to benefit from the new features. This is designed in order to prevent the system from being stuck with a half installed Windows 10 package which is not functional. The difference is that the installation files remain on the computer. They are typically located on the C: Drive. You will need to clean them out before restarting the upgrade or else you run the risk of clashing processes.

Make sure that you delete all the files that are found within the software distribution folder. This is located within the windows folder under the auspices of the PC programs. Remove the folder that is labelled “Windows~BT folder”.

When you have finished the deletions you should visit the BIOS interface. This starts when you press DEL whilst in the midst of a booting up processes. From the dialogue box you will need to enable the UEFI boot. Afterwards you should try to upgrade the system again using the software package that is given to you. It is recommended that you use the installation media that is provided by the Microsoft upgrade. The problem with in-place upgrades is that they tend to waste a lot of time and you are bound to encounter errors during the delays.

All you need to do is go to the original OS and then run the setup-exe file. This is found in the installation media that you created during the process. This is one of the most effective ways of getting around the BSOD dilemma during the upgrade.

If BSOD starts during the upgrade, there are two routes that you might want to explore. The first is where you are able to get to the desktop and the resultant menus. The second scenario is where you cannot even get to the desktop. This is where you get caught in an endless loop of restarts. Remove and unblock the update that has caused this problem until you can clarify its safety. If you can get to the desktop then you should use the settings dialogue to check and delete the problematic upgrades.