The Blue Screen of Death is soon getting a color change for Insider builds of Windows 10. This change was found thanks to a hint from a Microsoft employee, and the hard work of everyone finicking around with the recently leaked Build 14997.
The Blue Screen of Death
Almost every Windows user has probably experienced the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. The iconic error screen came to Windows in 1993, with Windows NT 3.1 being the first to feature it.
Since then, every version of Windows has included some form of the familiar blue error screen. Although having a bad name, the screen gives valuable information to the user in case of a system crash; detailing the cause of the crash, be it from driver issues or faulty hardware.
The Blue Screen itself has gone through plenty of changes since its inception; the biggest change happened with the release of Windows 8, where a sad emoticon and an error code replaced the stream of scary error data displayed in the past. Windows 10 further iterated on that by adding a QR code to the Blue Screen, containing the error code.
Cool to read all the new features people discover in the leaked builds, but they missed a big change!, Huge change!. curious when its found.
— Matthijs Hoekstra (@mahoekst) December 27, 2016
The Green Screen of Death
With the leak of Windows 10 build 14997 last week, users were finding plenty of new features that are yet to come for the Insider Preview. A Microsoft Senior Program Manager – Matthijs Hoekstra, however, teased on Twitter about a big change that everyone was missing amidst all the digging.
As this was quite vague, tweeting a day later, Matthijs put out another clue, it just being the word “Green”. This apparently was quite enough for one Twitter user – Chris123NT, finding the new Green Screen of Death, just hours later.
Sadly, it’s likely that this new color is not arriving to every build of Windows 10. As it seems, Microsoft will now have the Green error screen in the Insider Preview builds. Meanwhile the Blue will stick around for the public release versions of Windows 10.
This slight discrepancy will help Microsoft support tell whether a user is on one of the Insider channels or not, as the BSOD – or now GSOD – doesn’t display the build number of Windows.