Blue Screen of Death

<humour>

(BSOD) The infamous white-on-blue text screen which appears when Microsoft Windows crashes. BSOD is mostly seen on the 16-bit systems such as Windows 3.1, but also on Windows 95 and apparently even under Windows NT 4. It is most likely to be caused by a GPF, although Windows 95 can do it if you've removed a required CD-ROM from the drive. It is often impossible to recover cleanly from a BSOD.

The acronym BSOD is sometimes used as a verb, e.g. "Windoze just keeps BSODing on me today".

Last updated: 1998-09-08

Blue Screen of Life

<operating system>

(BSOL, by analogy with "Blue Screen of Death") The opening screen of Microsoft Windows NT.

This screen shows the file system loading, and any problems such as conversions from FAT to NTFS or a scan of a hard drive.

The Blue Screen of Life occurs in one way, as opposed to the Blue Screen of Death, which can occur in many different ways and times.

[Is this term ever used in connection with Windows 3.x or Windows 9x?]

Last updated: 1999-04-18

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