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Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart Windows 10 – Fix Guide (April 2017 Update)

This guide will have you deal with “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart” error, also known as the BSoD. It works for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

When faced with a certain error or fault on your computer, it is always fairly unpleasant and often startling. But one particular error beats them all and it’s the notorious “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart” or BSoD. There you are, minding your own business, when all of a sudden everything on your screen disappears, interrupting whatever it was you were doing, and you’re staring at a blue screen with lots of white numbers and letters. In newer versions of Windows you’ll be seeing a sad smiley face and the words “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart”. And then it all goes dark. Please note that these errors generally occur on their own – WIndows 10 (or for that matter Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) is not to blame. But… never say never!

This must have happened at least once to pretty much everyone, so most users out there are familiar with this issue, but not everyone knows what causes this problem and how to deal with it. Well, the truth is that the reasons for the BSOD to appear are numerous and complex, but we have designed this article to cover all the possible major causes to the best of our ability. In addition to this we have included a guide below with very easy to follow steps that will help you determine what exactly triggered the Blue Screen of Death and work from there to find a solution.

Main causes for “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart” error

As you can see, the reasons and causes for Blue Screen Of Death are extremely varying and you can’t come up with just one solution that will generally fix the whole problem. Apart from shutting your system down and trying to ‘calm’ you because of it (blue has statistically been shown to have a relaxing effect on people), the BSOD is also there to inform you about what exactly is going on. Unfortunately you don’t have much time while the error is up, but you really need to write down the specific error displayed on your screen. Below are some simple instructions that will help you break down what is being shown to you and thus help you figure out what measures you need to take, in order to solve the issue.

Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart Windows 10 – the Guide:

  1. First thing’s first, so in order for you to be able to extract comprehensible information for yourself via the Blue Screen, you will need a program to aid you in this. Download the free software called BlueScreenView. It is also available in several languages, so you will have the possibility of viewing it in the language of your choice.
  2. The way it operates is by reading the MiniDump files, which are created by the BSOD itself, before it shuts down your system. Unless your system already does this automatically, you will have to first configure it, so that it saves these MiniDump files during crashes. (Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced -> Setup (under Startup and Recovery). Choose Small memory dump from the drop-down menu under Write debugging information.)
  3. As there is no installation process for BlueScreenView, simply run the executable (.exe) and it will automatically scan your MiniDump folder and display all the crash details in the crashes information columns. That way you will be able to tell where exactly the cause lies and you will be able to act on it accordingly.

Please note that Blue Screen View will not immediately tell you what is wrong with your machine, but it will provide you with the proper code for the error, so you can do your own searcg. The “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart Windows 10” error message just informs you that something went wrong. Locating the proper number of the error is essential in order to address the problem correctly. Below you’ll find the list of commonly occurring BSOD errors. Check if your own error mistake is one of them:


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Please let us know in the comment section below if this was helpful to you and help resolve your issue!

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