Turned black in Windows 11, has the “screen of death” always been blue?

With Windows 11, Microsoft has given its operating system a major blow. This can be seen down to the smallest details like the famous Blue Screen of Death which will go from blue to black.

Having become legendary in recent decades, the Windows Blue Screen of Death will soon no longer be blue. BSOD as it is nicknamed (for Blue Screen of Death) is the error screen that Windows displays to you during a serious crash. You may have already seen it on your own machine or even on advertising screens in the street.

Well this well-known screen will go black with the arrival of Windows 11, explains The Verge in an article dated July 1. This is a minor change for the general public, but symbolic for all the hackers and hackers who were confronted with it frequently.

In fact, this is far from the first time that the BSOD has changed. In the history of Windows there have already been several other colors.

Green, red, yellow

In some versions of Windows Vista, there was a Red Screen of Death for some critical errors. We also found traces of this RSOD in the first betas of Windows 98.

The developers and other fanatics of the hack will most likely have rubbed shoulders with Green Screen of Death. For members only Windows Insider (those who test Windows beta), this more calming screen has been designed to identify at a glance whether a problem is present on the stable version or on the beta version of the system.

The red screen of death present in some versions of Windows Vista // Source: w: en: Ih8evilstuff – Wikimedia

The mythical side of BSOD (which has therefore not always been blue) has inspired other areas of IT. The Xbox, for example, had its Red Ring of Death (red circle of death) to designate the light that illuminated around the console start button in the event of critical errors. The Playstation had on its side the Yellow Light of Death (yellow light of death) to indicate the same problems. If you want to know more about BSOD and its derivatives, the phenomenon’s Wikipedia sheet is a treasure trove of stories on the subject.

BSOD will live

The change made by Microsoft is actually quite minor and not as historic as people say. The BSOD had already evolved in recent years to integrate the famous sad smiley and the QR Code which helps to troubleshoot a machine. It is that said symbolic of the will of the company to put a big blow on its OS, down to the smallest details.

Finally, we will appreciate the fact that by choosing the color black for its new error message, Microsoft leaves the well-known acronym intact. The BSOD (Black Screen of Death) will live!

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