Windows’ infamous Blue Screen of Death could soon change colors and become a “Black Screen of Death”. The Verge’s Tom Warren Reports that Microsoft intends to change the color of the crash screen to black to match the color of its shutdown and start screens in Windows 11.
However, the actual Windows 11 preview users are using may not give users a black screen of death. When we purposely got a C. have causedRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Bug, we still have the classic blue screen. We will read later a tweet by a user named Xeno who said you need to change a registry key to get the new color. After the change, we also got a black screen of death.
In reporting the change, Warren did not cite a specific source within Microsoft that had not officially announced such a change. “The edge understands Microsoft will switch to a black screen of death for Windows 11, which will match the new black login and shutdown screens, “he wrote (emphasis mine).
When you consider that Windows Blue Screens of Death goes back decades, changing color is a big deal. The last big change came when Microsoft re-added the frown and QR codes in Windows 8.
It is important to note, however, that Microsoft has already experimented with different colors. At least at one point, Windows 10 Insider Builds users were getting green screens of death, and those with hardware failure have been known to occasionally get red screens of death. However, the most common crash screen was always blue.
In the absence of an on-record comment from Microsoft, we could assume that a black crash screen is something the company is currently testing and that it may replace the blue one. Anyway, we’ll still call it BSOD.
How to get the black screen of death in Windows 11
If you want to experience a black screen of death in Windows 11, you’ll need to edit your registry (launch regedit), assuming you’ve installed Windows 11 preview. navigate to HKLM SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control CrashControl and Set the value of DisplayPreRelaseColor to 0.
Of course, unless you intentionally crash your computer, you won’t see the black screen right away. If you really want to do that, make sure everything is saved. Then go to Task Manager, click More Details, navigate to the Details tab, select an instance of svchost.exe, right click and select End Process Tree. Then click the Shut Down button when there is a warning.
This will result in a CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error and unless you have Set your computer so that it does not restart on BSODs, will restart your computer in a few seconds.