The harrowing, yet iconic, Blue Screen of Death, also known as BSOD, seen in Windows operating systems for years, will make a return in Windows 11.
For Microsoft’s latest operating system, the company switched to a black primary lock screen instead of blue. It was a minor change, but it seemed to ditch an infamous feature that has become synonymous with Windows, albeit in a less than positive way.
windows center noted that Microsoft is bringing back the blue lock screen in the latest Windows 11 update, which is due out very soon.
“We change the color of the screen to blue when a device stops working or a stop error occurs as in previous versions of Windows”, the latest from Microsoft patch notes for the incoming Windows 11 update explained. Those are all the details Microsoft provided, so this move to go back to blue is open to speculation.
It can be argued that sticking with the BSOD is familiar and alerts users to a significant crash. It could also be argued that wearing a black screen of death could alter mental muscle memory.
And the original BSOD was first introduced in Windows 3.0 as a way of informing IT professionals that Windows had suffered a kernel error and providing information for technical support to spill out. As such, a non-technical Windows user might see the BSOD as a clear indicator that the system hang may be severe enough to seek help from IT or more tech-minded people. .
The latest Windows 11 update also brings a host of other fixes and tweaks, from notification errors to File Explorer issues.
As it stands, Widows 11 is decent, but it has a long way to go before its quirks are resolved. But if you’re interested in jumping on the new Microsoft OS bandwagon, check out our pick of the best Windows 11-ready laptops.