Show BSOD details instead of the sad smiley in Windows 10

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.

Windows 10 BSOD Microsoft simplified the bug check screen in Windows so it would be less scary to a casual user. However, if you do get a BSOD in Windows 10, you would want to perform some troubleshooting to fix it. In this scenario, the sad emoticon is not helpful at all. Keeping this in mind, Microsoft made the classic BSOD available in Windows 10.

  1. Open the Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl

    Tip: See how to open the desired registry key with one click.

  3. Create a new DWORD value named DisplayParameters and set to 1. Windows 10 disable bsod smiley

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: winaero-tweaker-bsod 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:

  1. Press Win + R keys together on the keyboard. The Run dialog will appear. Type the following in the Run box:
    SystemPropertiesAdvanced

    Windows 10 run advacned system properties Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings. Ensure that you have the automatic memory dump enabled under the Write Debugging Information section. Uncheck the Automatic Restart option.

  2. If you are using a PS/2 keyboard, go to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters

    Create here a value named CrashOnCtrlScroll, and set it to 1 to enable the keyboard-initiated crash. Windows 10 CrashOnCtrlScroll 1

  3. With a USB keyboard which is what most computers have these days, create the CrashOnCtrlScroll value mentioned above at the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\kbdhid\Parameters

    Windows 10 CrashOnCtrlScroll 2

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.

10 thoughts on “Show BSOD details instead of the sad smiley in Windows 10

  1. elrond

    Actually, the “sad face” BSOD was introduced in Windows 8, not Windows 10 (which only inherited it). But I also like the old one better.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep you are right.

      Reply
    2. name

      I think they mean you can enable it in windows 10

      Reply
  2. Mike

    I know you just copied and pasted in the Windows 8 version of this page but you should really go weed it out. PS/2 keyboards? Most people don’t even know what those are. This article can really be streamlined.

    Reply
    1. Asc

      So what you’re saying is that this article about un-dumbing-down the BSOD message should be dumbed down?

      Reply
    2. Cynthia

      Most people who have any use for the old blue screens would know what a PS/2 keyboard is, at least. If you are a normal user you have no use for the general information and searching the Internet for the error would help more in that case. Wish I knew this was possible when I was messing with my RAM latency and speed.

      Reply
  3. daveo76

    Using Winaero Tweaker 0.6.0.7 to enable this doesn’t work on Windows 10 Build 14393 (Anniversary). Still gives the default look.

    Reply
  4. Max

    This doesn’t work. Still get the smiley.

    Reply
  5. Skippo

    This is a frowny, not a smiley.

    Reply
  6. ERROR

    Hi. Can you try to find another way to enable it? I think it’s been patched. It doesn’t work anymore. I’ve tried with the program and manually editing the registry, but it doesn’t work, I still get the new BSOD (which isn’t as fun as the other, because the old one used to scare me and the new one doesn’t…). If you can find another way, we’d appreciate it! Thanks!

    Reply

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