In Windows 10, there is a secret hidden feature which allows the user to initiate the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The option is present for debugging purposes and not enabled by default. Here is how you can enable it.
The Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock feature can useful in various situations. If you are a developer, you might want to collect a memory dump from the current session. If you have disabled the Sad smiley in Windows 10 to show BSOD details, you might want to test how your BSOD looks. Here is how it can be done.
Enable Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Windows 10
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:
- Open Registry Editor.
- 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.
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That's it. This trick also works in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.