Friday 20 April 2018

Windows 10's Blue Screen of Death adds a QR code

Windows 10
Windows 10

Mark O'Beirne

Windows 10 users will soon see a scannable QR code, which will take them to a troubleshooting page, if their PC crashes and displays a Blue Screen of Death.

Microsoft is updating its infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), which shows up when its operating system crashes due to a critical error. A Windows 10 preview adds a QR code to the interface.

The BSOD typically only shows up for a few seconds, making it difficult to make a note of the error that has occurred. The QR code can be scanned with a smartphone, taking users directly to a page with troubleshooting information for that particular error and other suggested articles.

It’s expected that the QR codes will be rolled out to all users as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. For now, they are featured in the latest preview build of Windows 10.

The latest Windows 10 build adds a range of new features, including cross-device Cortana, a new Universal Skype app, and low battery notifications. Microsoft is also improving the Action Centre, allowing users to manage notification settings for individual apps.

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