GSoDs Not BSoDs for Windows 10 Insiders

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The dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is the last thing any user wants to see flash up on their screen. It means lost work, a reboot, and a few tense minutes due to the potential for your PC not to recover from this fatal error, the source of which will ultimately remain a mystery.

Anyone signed up to the Windows Insider program, allowing them to test preview builds of Windows 10, will be happy to hear the BSoD is disappearing. However, it doesn't mean Windows 10 can't crash, instead Insiders will start seeing a Green Screen of Death (GSoD).

The GSoD was discovered in the same leaked Windows 10 build (14997) that revealed a "Game Mode" for prioritizing resources.

Matthijs Hoekstra, Senior Program Manager for Windows Enterprise, hinted at the change yesterday, and it didn't take long for someone using the leaked build to post an image of the new green screen.

As to why the color is changing, it's simply a case of making Microsoft's life a bit easier. If the test builds return GSoDs, it's instantly recognizable as happening on a test build and not a production build millions of people are already using. It removes the need to check and replaces it with a very obvious visual confirmation.

What hasn't been explained is why they chose green, which is not typically associated with something bad happening. Maybe it best depicts the fact that something went horribly wrong, but only on a test build so it's not disastrous.

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