Microsoft changed the design of the stop screen (also called the BSOD or Blue Screen Of Death). Instead of showing technical info with white letters on a blue background, Windows 10 shows a sad smiley and just the error code. But if you want to turn on the old style BSOD in Windows 10, follow the instructions below.
- Open the Registry editor.
- Navigate to the following registry key:
- Create a new DWORD value named DisplayParameters and set to 1.
That's it. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. The next time a serious error occurs, you will see the good old, detailed stop information instead of the useless sad emotion on the Blue Screen of Death.
Alternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker. It has the appropriate option under the Behavior category: You can get the app here: Download Winaero Tweaker.
Bonus Tip: You can test how your BSOD looks like using the official tutorial from Microsoft:
- Press Win + R keys together on the keyboard. The Run dialog will appear. Type the following in the Run box:
- If you are using a PS/2 keyboard, go to the following registry key:
- With a USB keyboard which is what most computers have these days, create the CrashOnCtrlScroll value mentioned above at the following registry key:
Restart Windows for the settings to take effect.
After restart, use the following hotkey sequence: Hold down the right CTRL key, and press the SCROLL LOCK key twice. This will cause a user-initiated BSOD.