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3 Ways to Trigger a Blue Screen of Death on Windows 11

A guide on how to force BSOD on your Windows 11 computer


The BSOD error is something many Windows users do not want to experience, as this can stop you from using your system correctly. However, there are times when you would like to make a BSOD on your Windows 11 device.

You might need to do this if you want to check for a bug on your system, or if you are developing a new system and would like to test it. Whatever the reason might be, this guide will provide easy steps to force a BSOD on your PC.

Before following the steps listed below, we recommend backing up your files and documents in order to avoid loss of important information. Also, keep in mind that this process could be harmful to your system and could lead to permanent damage if you make a mistake.

1. Use the Task Manager

The Task Manage is an important tool that keeps tabs on all the processes on your system. This tool can also allow you to force a BSOD error by pressing specific commands. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Right-click on your taskbar and click Task Manager.
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  2. Navigate to the Details tab, select  wininit.exe from the list of options, then click the End task button.
  3. When a dialogue box appears, choose Abandon unsaved data and shut down, and click Shut Down.
  4. After doing this, the BSOD will appear.
  5. To remove the BSOD, simply reboot your PC.

2. Make use of the Registry Editor 

You can easily force a BSOD on your PC by using the Registry Editor. Follow the outlined steps below to do this. Always remember that this process is risky and could cause permanent damage to your device if you make a mistake.

  1. Open the Registry Editor by holding the Windows + R keys simultaneously, type regedit in the text field, then hit Enter.
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  2. For USB keyboard users, navigate to the path below.
  3. Right-click on your Parameters key, and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Rename the new DWORD key as CrashOnCtrlScroll.
  5. Double-click on this newly created key, and change its value from 0 to 1.
  6. Lastly, click OK.
  7. For Legacy PS2 keyboard users, go to the path below.
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  8. Right-click on the right-hand side and navigate to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  9. Rename the DWORD as CrashOnCtrlScroll.
  10. Double-click on this newly created key, and change its value from 0 to 1.
  11. Finally, click OK to implement the change.
  12. For Hyper-V keyboard users, navigate to the path below.
  13. Once you are on this path, follow the same steps as PS2 keyboard users to create a DWORD and change its value.
  14. After doing this, reboot your system.
  15. To initiate a BSOD, hold the right Ctrl key on your keyboard and press the Scroll Lock twice.
  16. To undo the BSOD, reboot your computer.

3. Use the PowerShell

The PowerShell is a powerful command line utility that can be used to run important system commands. It can also be used to force a BSOD.

  1. Press the Windows key, and type PowerShell in the text field.
  2. Once PowerShell comes up, right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator.
  3. In the PowerShell interface, input wininit and hit Enter.
  4. After running this command, the BSOD will appear along with some error messages.

Final thoughts

By following the steps outlined above, you will successfully make a BSOD on Windows 11 manually. If you have additional questions about this process, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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