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Windows Vista™ Inside Out by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Dealing with Stop Errors

If Windows has ever suddenly shut down, you’ve probably experienced that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. When Windows Vista encounters a serious problem that makes it impossible for the operating system to continue running, it shuts down immediately and displays an ominous text message whose technical details begin with the word STOP in capital letters. Because a Stop error typically appears in white letters on a blue background, this type of message is often referred to as a blue screen error or the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). When a Stop error appears, it means that there is a serious problem that demands your immediate attention.

Windows Vista includes a variety of information sources and debugging tools ...

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