What does BSOD stand for?

Blue screen of death

If you’ve ever used a Microsoft Windows computer and it crashed, you’ve likely encountered the BSOD, or Blue Screen of Death. This notorious screen, differing between Windows versions but always blue with light text, appears after a system crash caused by a severe error.

The BSOD has been a part of Windows since NT 3.1 and has seen several updates over the years. In the early days, the BSOD would display a lot of complex text, detailing the reasons behind the crash and offering potential solutions. This would often scare off new users and further cemented the BSOD’s daunting reputation.

These days, the BSOD has been simplified to show just a sad face emoticon and a basic error message. This change aims to make the screen less intimidating, but it still signifies a significant system error that needs addressing.

Example for using ‘BSOD’ in a conversation

Hey, my computer just crashed again!

Oh no, did you get the BSOD?

Yeah, that dreaded blue screen appeared out of nowhere.

That’s so frustrating. Did it show any error message?

Just a sad face emoji and a generic error. No clue what went wrong.