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Windows 11 might finally have a fix for the dreaded blue screen of death

Russell Kidson

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Microsoft might finally be tackling the issue of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death that plagues so many Windows users. A new update to Windows 11 might put an end to the awful experience once and for all. The update specifically targets BSoD occurrences brought on by DirectX. 

The Blue Screen of Death is a harrowing experience, one that most Microsoft users have encountered at least once in their lifetimes. The screen itself has undergone a few changes over the years but never simply disappeared as most users would prefer it to. Most users know it as a Windows 10 staple, but actually, BSoD is much older than that. Windows 10 is a darker blue, Windows 11 was first black and then reverted to a slightly lighter shade of blue, and Windows Servers offers the dreaded experience in dark green. Windows 3.1, 95, and 98 even supported the option to change the color. If you wanted a Pink Screen of Death, you could have it. 

Windows 11 might finally have a fix for the dreaded blue screen of death

The update in question was first spotted by HotHardWare and stated that it ‘Addresses a stop error (0xD1, DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL) in the DirectX kernel component.’ This means that it seeks to combat errors that weren’t on the drive to start with but rather a more specific Windows problem involving the DirectX utility. The update isn’t exclusively for the BSoD error but, as usual, also features a number of other fixes and additions, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Currently, the patch is only available to Windows Insiders on the preview platform, but it is expected to hit the general public as soon as April 5th

It is, however, pertinent to note that not all BSoD errors are because of DirectX. Sometimes it is an issue with your driver that brings about the harrowing experience, and other times bad RAM can be the root cause.

If you are no stranger to the Blue Screen of Death and wish for it to be a thing of the past, consider signing up to the Windows Insider program for instant access to a preview version of the patch. You’ll also be first in line for any other new updates coming to Windows 11, of which there are many. The OS is currently preparing for a fall feature update known as Windows 11 version 22k2.

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