How To View Blue Screen Log in Windows 10


Don’t we all panic when we suddenly encounter the Blue Screen on our Windows 10 system? Interestingly, this condition is also called Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) or Blue Screen Error, and this condition occurs whenever the Windows OS has encountered a fatal error. In this tutorial, you will learn how to view the blue screen log in Windows 10.

Amidst the panic caused to the user by this error, the Blue Screen doesn’t stay long enough for the user of the system to understand the error that it displays momentarily. Sometimes, the Windows 10 users remember seeing a QR code, too – but this doesn’t stay on the screen long enough to grab our phone, scan the QR code, and understand the fatal error details. The Blue Screen vanishes, and the system tries to reboot.

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Viewing the Blue Screen Error – What is the optimal way?

While Windows 10 crashes inherently store the error information in files called logs. A preview of the logs or a detailed analysis of their information will help technical experts troubleshoot the issue.

There are ways to view and investigate the Blue Screen errors, and the options are built-in as part of the Windows 10 OS.

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Using the Event Viewer tool

Event Viewer is a Windows 10 App that lets Windows 10 users view the Blue Screen errors or log files.

Let’s review the steps in detail for launching this tool and viewing the blue screen error logs.

1. Once the system has rebooted after the fatal error, type ‘Event Viewer’ on the Windows 10 Search box on the system.

2. Right-click on the Event Viewer App, and click “Run as administrator.”

3. The Event Viewer App launches, and you will see the left navigation showing collapsed menus such as ‘Custom Views,’ ‘Windows Logs.’

4. Expand Windows Logs to see the menu show options such as ‘Application,’ ‘Security,’ ‘Setup,’ ‘System,’ etc.

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5. Select ‘System’ from the list, and the right section of the app refreshes with the list of events – the events are of types like Information, Warning, and Errors.

6. You can search for the Error event based on the date/time of the Blue Screen error to understand the details in the ‘General’ section of the event detail.

7. Alternatively, you can also create a ‘Custom View’ to only filter the BSOD error and get the relevant details for it (according to the time range of the BSOD error occurrence).

8. Under the ‘Action’ option of the Event Viewer app, select the ‘Create Custom View’ option.

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9. Pull down the Logged option under the Filter tab of the ‘Create Custom View,’ pull down the Logged option.

10. Select the appropriate option, or you may also create a custom time range by giving a ‘From’ and a ‘To’ value.

11. In the Event Level section that displays several checkboxes, select ‘Error.’

12. Move to the ‘By Log’ radio button and pull down the menu which mentions ‘Event Logs.’

13. Under this option, expand the ‘Windows Logs’ and select checkboxes against ‘Application,’ ‘Security,’ and ‘System’ options from it.

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14. Click ‘Ok’ to save all the changes made for the Custom View and give it a name when prompted Eg: BSOD Error logs. This gets saved under the Custom Views section.

15. Once you select the created filter, it brings up all the errors on the Event Viewer App – click on the’‘Sourc” column to sort the list of the errors alphabetically.

16. Spot the BSOD Error displayed under ‘BugCheck’ source, and the relevant details get populated in the ‘General’ tab below the series of errors. The Details tab will also provide an XML view of the BSOD error for further troubleshooting.

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Wrapping Up

This tutorial will learn how to view the blue screen log in Windows 10 using the Events Viewer. You can use this method to analyze your blue screen errors and understand why your PC or laptop crashed in the first place.