Microsoft changes its famous blue screen of death (BSOD) to black in Windows 11. The software giant has started testing its new design changes in a preview of Windows 11 earlier this week, but the Black Screen of Death is not yet fully activated. The edge understands that Microsoft will be transitioning to a black screen of death for Windows 11, corresponding to the new black screen login and shutdown.

This is the first major change to the BSOD since Microsoft added a sad face to the Windows 8 screen in 2012, and QR codes in 2016. Microsoft first introduced BSOD in Windows 3.0, providing IT professionals and support personnel with a way to diagnose hardware and memory faults. A BSOD is a kernel error or Windows bug check, and it usually includes a data dump that can help system administrators analyze which system error caused the blue screen.

The new black screen of death in Windows 11.

As Microsoft goes black screen of death in Windows 11, the screen is the same as found in Windows 10 otherwise. The sad face remains, as does the shutdown code and crash dump. The current preview of Windows 11 includes a green BSOD, a color that Microsoft has been using Windows Insider builds since 2016.

We’re not sure exactly why Microsoft is changing the color from blue to black, and the company isn’t commenting on the change yet. I still have a few theories. Microsoft is revamping many parts of Windows 11, with a new approach to the operating system. This is probably because Windows 11 includes a visual overhaul to modernize the operating system in key areas, including classic parts like the Start menu, File Explorer, and now even BSOD.

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