Microsoft Tests New ‘Green Screen of Death’ on Latest Windows 10 Builds

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Windows 10 Insider builds will now feature a Green Screen of Death (GSOD) instead of the classic Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error page we have all become accustomed to.

The change was teased on Twitter by Matthijs Hoekstra, Senior Program Manager for Windows Enterprise Developer Platform, and spotted by a user that goes by the nickname of Chris123NT.

According to Hoekstra, only Windows 10 Insider builds will feature the green error screen, while stable Windows 10 versions will continue to use the classic blue-themed error page.

Hoekstra didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind the color change. One reason may be that Microsoft is trying to help support staff, who’d have a much simpler task differentiating from errors in stable Windows 10 versions and Insider builds, which are in-dev versions, meant only for testing, and prone to more problems.

Color-coding the error screens would allow support staff to triage bugs and prioritize customers.

GSOD added in leaked Windows 10 build

The current Green Screen of Death is active with the Windows 10 Insider Build 14997 that leaked online this week.

This same build also introduced a blue light filter, a gaming mode for Windows 10, default blocking of Flash in Edge, and a “pause” option for Windows update operations.

Since everybody loves epic fails and BSOD screens are some of the funniest ones, here’s a giant BSOD captured during a projection of the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One. If you’re interested in more BSOD fails, check out the PBSOD Reddit thread and keep an eye out for a similar thread for GSOD screens.