Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Windows 7 Blues - yes BSOD still works

Like many techbloggers and IT firms, Gizmodo fiddled around with the Beta version of Windows 7, the intended successor to Windows Vista. Vista has been a thorough interface revamp, too much to handle for a lot of end users who have lost their old familiar ways of working and finding stuff. But some things never change. Like the ole BSOD, the Blue Screen of Death

It's good to see that Microsoft hasn't bothered to change the old Windows blue screen; and by good, we mean bad. Isn't it about time to fail a little bit more gracefully? Or at the very least, in a way that actually makes sense to end-users? The error throws up the driver that caused it (way at the bottom of the error) before automatically rebooting, but actually identifying it via which type of component it is—sound, video, USB, hard drive—would be useful for people who just want to know what they did to cause it.

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