The iconic Blue Screen Of Death, or BSOD, will switch from blue to black in the brand new desktop operating system. Hopefully this is a change that you don’t see too often. After all, the BSOD only appears when something goes catastrophically wrong with your PC.
However, if the last thirty years of Windows updates have taught us anything, rest assured that we will see this error message a few times each year. As with all changes, some are really not happy with the decision to remove the iconic blue color from the devastating bug screen.
The Black Screen of Death, as it is now called, but still briefly BSOD – this is something that is not listed in any of the release notes that were released with the test builds of Windows 11 that have now been released. So it’s possible that Microsoft could get back to the iconic shades of blue in time for the final release.
And Microsoft wants to do just that … based on some of the comments shared online in response to the new color.
“Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo … the old ways have to be respected. Microsoft’s Blue Screen of Death changes to black in Windows 11”, it was posted on Twitter after the gadget blog The Verge first reported the dramatic color change of the error message.
The iconic Blue Screen of Death first appeared in Windows 3.0 in the early 1990s.
It’s been a mainstay in every release since then. The most notable change in recent years has been the addition of a sad face with the introduction of Windows 8 in 2012. Fans of the emoji will be pleased to know that it is still hanging around in Windows 11, albeit on a black background.
Windows 11 is tested by thousands of beta testers around the world. Microsoft has promised that the update, which will be free for anyone on Windows 10 – provided your computer meets the new minimum requirements – will be preinstalled on a flood of new gadgets later this year.