Windows 8: Black Screen of Death (BSoD) captured on video

By Tom Warren, on 25th Apr 11 6:34 pm with 21 Comments

Microsoft’s switch to a Black Screen of Death inside Windows 8 has been captured on video.

WinRumors reported yesterday that the software giant has started to use Black colored error screens for its famous Screen Of Death messages. The switch to a Black Screen of Death could be a temporary one, similar to the switch in Longhorn build 5112. Microsoft has only ever used a Black Screen of Death in Windows 3.x when DOS-based applications failed to execute correctly. Microsoft typically uses Black screens when its operating systems are attempting to load following the power-on self-test (POST).

An anonymous tipster has sent us the following video, uploaded to YouTube. It shows the new Black Screen of Death inside the leaked Windows 8 pre-Milestone 3 build, 7955.

  • http://www.andrew-stockdale.co.uk Andrew Stockdale

    Well that looks strangely classy for an error screen. Great stuff!

  • http://twitter.com/alex Alex Wilhelm

    Much less forbidding in appearance then the Blue version.

  • http://twitter.com/alex Alex Wilhelm

    Much less forbidding in appearance then the Blue version.

  • Mark

    Can’t remember the last time I had a BSod. It would have been Vista days, and even then infrequent.

    • Anonymous

      Mine would have been XP days

    • Tonious

      Mine would have been since win 98 days.
      Running Win 7, 64bit. BSOD is AWOL…for me anyway!

  • Mark

    Can’t remember the last time I had a BSod. It would have been Vista days, and even then infrequent.

  • http://profiles.google.com/saneldz Sanel Dzehverovic

    “Sending information to Microsoft”?
    How could that be possible since Windows isn’t functioning normally, hence the BSOD. :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/blueandwhite89 Daniel Purdham

      Could be saving the results to be sent to microsoft as soon as its restarted maybe.

    • http://twitter.com/DorsalAxe Dorsal Axe

      It records information to a log, then sends it to Microsoft upon restart.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6W56L5FCCEDHNOJT4NXML23R4 Isaac Barrett

    I haven’t seen them since XP

  • James H

    A rose by any other name is still a rose….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Smith/1379076949 Shane Smith

    Well, this changes everything! Sign me up!

  • http://www.zunecards.net/index3.php wetworker

    I have’t see one since the XP days and I had the 64 bit version of Vista for two years,
    Currently running 7 64 Bit.

    Sexy none the less.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/timrfox Tim

    awesome

  • Flavio Bayer

    13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,0
    Where is the 1?

  • Flavio Bayer

    13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,0
    Where is the 1?

  • Simontang

    LOL, I bet this tipster was about to record the new IE10 rendering engine when it crashed… XD

  • Naorai

    I think its nice they went from Black to Blue, so the BSoD acronym dosnt have to change, thats very considerate (-:

  • AkaThatGuy

    3 times today on windows 8

  • Mikeroresoft

    It was MY idea