News

BlueScreen of Death Screen Saver 3.2

Who says Microsoft can't laugh at itself? The company just released BlueScreen version 3.2 -- the latest version of a screen saver that mimics Windows' dreaded "Blue Screen of Death."

It not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot, according to posts on the site.

"BlueScreen cycles between different Blue Screens and simulated boots every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all the information shown on BlueScreen's BSOD and system start screen is obtained from your system configuration -- its accuracy will fool even advanced...developers," the site says.

The screen saver runs on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows 9x (it requires DirectX). On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, it presents the XP/Server 2003 startup splash screen with progress bar.

On NT 4.0, it simulates chkdsk reports of disk drives with errors, while on Win2K and Windows 9x it presents the Win2K startup splash screen, complete with rotating progress band and progress control updates.

The latest version of BlueScreen is available on Microsoft's Sysinternals site on TechNet here.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

Featured

  • Microsoft Finally Releases Hyper-V Server 2019

    Conceding that it has taken "way too long," Microsoft has announced that Hyper-V Server 2019 is now available for download.

  • The 2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generation of HoloLens, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • 2019 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss this year.

  • New Features Added to Microsoft 365 Business Subscriptions

    Microsoft's productivity and collaboration plan for businesses with fewer than 300 users is getting two new features: conditional access security and trouble-ticket tools for administrators.