Microsoft’s Windows 11 isn’t available as a public release just yet, but thanks to Insider builds, new pieces of new information keep dropping in. One of the latest to hit the web, is the change to the BSOD screen, or the Blue Screen of Death has we had known.

With Windows 11, BSOD is now a ‘Black’ Screen of Death. Why is Microsoft doing this? We can only speculate for now since we haven’t heard anything from the Windows-maker just yet.

As reported by The Verge, this change appears to be in line with Microsoft’s approach to a fresh and modern visual overhaul to Windows 10. There’s also the fact that the Windows startup and shutdown screens also use a black background, so perhaps this Black Screen of Death is a move to complement existing aesthetics.

The last time BSOD received a visual overhaul was with Windows 8 when Microsoft added a sad smiley to it, and a QR code for the error in 2016. All these elements are still carried over to the new BSOD along with dump code.

BSOD is a vital prompt for many system administrators as the error code and dump can help diagnose what caused the system to crash, hardware or software.

Windows 11 is currently available to download via the Windows Insider Program through the Dev. channel, but as with all things beta, there could be bugs so proceed with caution.

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