WASHINGTON — American tech giant Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system will change the color of its famous Blue Screen of Death to black.
The software giant started testing its new design changes in a Windows 11 preview earlier this week, but the Black Screen of Death isn’t fully enabled yet. This new switch for Windows 11 is in keeping with the new black logon and shutdown screens.
It was the first major change to the Blue Screen of Death since Microsoft added a sad face to the screen in Windows 8 in 2012 and QR codes in 2016. Microsoft first introduced the Blue Screen of Death in Windows 3.0, offering a way for IT professionals and support personnel to diagnose hardware and memory faults.
Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 11 in June and said that the new operating system was made for hybrid work and learning.
“Windows 11 is Zero Trust ready and secure by design, with new built-in security technologies that will add protection from the chip to the cloud while enabling productivity and new experiences,” Wangui McKelvey, General Manager at Microsoft 365, said in a blog.
A Blue Screen of Death is Windows’ own kernel error or bug check, and it usually includes a dump of data that can help system administrators analyze what system fault caused the blue screen.
Users aren’t particularly excited about the decision, and many took to Twitter to comment on the change.
One user tweeted, “Microsoft is going to change the blue screen of death to black. Oh! yeah, that fixes my problem. Thanks, Microsoft.”
While Microsoft will be switching to a Black Screen of Death in Windows 11, the screen is identical to the one found in Windows 10.
The sad fact remains, as does the stop code and crash dump. The current preview of Windows 11 includes a green Blue Screen of Death, a color that Microsoft has been using for Windows Insider builds since 2016.
It is still not entirely clear as to why Microsoft is changing the color from blue to black, and the company isn’t commenting on the change yet.
Microsoft is though overhauling many parts of Windows 11 with a fresh approach to the Operating System. It’s likely because Windows 11 includes a visual overhaul to modernize the Operating System in key areas, including classic parts like the start menu, File Explorer, and now even the Blue Screen of Death.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan and Praveen Pramod Tewari)
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