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November 8, 2006

Microsoft presents the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen saver

Who says Microsoft doesn’t have a sense of humor? Check out the BSOD screen saver they have online for free download:

One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.

• On NT 4.0 installations it simulates chkdsk of disk drives with errors!

• On Win2K and Windows 9x it presents the Win2K startup splash screen, complete with rotating progress band and progress control updates!

• On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 it present the XP/Server 2003 startup splash screen with progress bar!

Bluescreen cycles between different Blue Screens and simulated boots every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all the information shown on Bluescreen’s BSOD and system start screen is obtained from your system configuration – its accuracy will fool even advanced NT developers. For example, the NT build number, processor revision, loaded drivers and addresses, disk drive characteristics, and memory size are all taken from the system Bluescreen is running on.

Use Bluescreen to amaze your friends and scare your enemies!

Actually, it’s part of the package that Microsoft got when they acquired Winternals Software and their set of free “Sysinternals” system tools. The old Sysinternals website has been moved to Microsoft TechNet under the name Windows Sysinternals, but all the old utilities are there. Warning, only serious techies need apply – except for the BSOD screen saver.

Posted at 7:52 pm. Filed under Companies, Development Tools, Microsoft, Software, Utilities

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One Response to “Microsoft presents the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen saver”

  1. Sysinternals tools move to new Microsoft home -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] When Microsoft acquired Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell’s Winternals Software in July, they also got a collection of very useful free tools that had been available for download at The good news for all the devoted users of these tools is that Microsoft is continuing to make them available for free and that they are now available on Microsoft’s TechNet site under the moniker, Windows Sysinternals. And yes, they even have the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen saver. Filed under Acquisitions, Microsoft [...]

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