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, need to edit the Registry and change two parameters. The methods works in Windows 11 and Windows 11.
Disable BSOD Smiley and Enable Details
To turn on crash details and hide the sad smiley on the BSOD screen, do the following.
- Type regedit in the Start menu and click on Open to launch the Registry editor.
- 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.
- Right-click the CrashControl key in the left pane and select New > DWORD 32-bit value.
- Name it DisplayParameters, double-click and set its value data to 1 to enable crash details.
- Again, right-click the CrashControl key, and create one more DWORD value.
- Name the new value DisableEmoticon and set it to 1 to disable the emoticon.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
That's it. 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.
To save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. It has the appropriate option under the Behavior category:
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Bonus Tip: You can test how your BSOD looks like using the official tutorial from Microsoft.
How to trigger a test system crash
- 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, hold down the right CTRL key, and press the SCROLL LOCK key twice. This will cause a user-initiated BSOD.
That's it! This way you can see the changes you made. Luckily, modern Windows versions are solid rock stable and reliable, so you should not see this screen often. If your device has no hardware defects and the software is verified and stable, you may not see it a once.
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