The software giant began testing new design changes in a preview of Windows 11 earlier this week. But the black screen of death is not fully enabled yet.
It looks like Microsoft is turning to the Windows 11 black screen of death in order to match the new black login and shutdown screens.
This marks 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 introduced the BSOD for the first time in Windows 3.0, providing a way for IT professionals and support personnel to diagnose hardware and memory errors.
BSOD is a Windows kernel error or bug check. They usually include a data dump that can help system administrators analyze the system error that caused the blue screen to appear.
While Microsoft goes to the black screen of death in Windows 11, the screen remains similar to that of Windows 10.
The sad face remains, as well as the stop symbol and fault dump. The current preview of Windows 11 includes the green blue screen of death, which is the color Microsoft has used in versions of Windows Insider since 2016.
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It’s not certain why Microsoft changed the color from blue to black, and the company hasn’t commented on the change yet.
However, there are some theories. Microsoft is fixing many parts of Windows 11 with a new approach to the operating system.
This is likely because Windows 11 includes a visual overhaul of the operating system to make it more modern in key areas. Including classic parts like the Start Menu, File Explorer, and even the Blue Screen of Death.
A way to enable the new blue screen of death in the current preview build. But that includes editing the Windows registry.
Windows 11 is expected to be more widely available later this year. But the company did not specify a specific date.