How to Fix the Windows 7 BSoD (Black Screen of Death)

In the older versions of the Windows OS series, users used to be plagued by an abominable screen full of garish text filled with more numbers than letters and the background would be a scream-inducing blue. Since the screen always followed a crash or a death, it was called the Blue Screen of Death (a BSoD) by the users.

Windows 7 may not be as unstable as Windows XP or (gulp!) Windows Vista, however it does have its own share of problems. Though Microsoft removed the Blue Screen of Death, there are instances when you log in and the screen goes black with nothing but a minimized Explorer window. Since it apparently looks blank, this crashis termed a Black Screen of Death. This is usually caused by a malware infection and sometimes affects XP and Vista as well as older servers.

Luckily, Prevx has a solution in the form of a quick-fix. All you need to do is download their Black Screen Fix applet and it will clean up your system shell for you. It’s a tiny download (~48KB) and you can easily download it even while affected by the Black Screen by opening task manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del), clicking on new taskand typing this command:-

“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” “

(With the quotes intact)

Run the program (filename fixShell.exe, name Prevx 3.0) and you will find this dialog box.


Click yes…


…and restart! That’s that! Have fun with your old computer back.

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  • J Fiosi

    Followed directions exactly as stated. Didn't work. BSoD happened after reboot. For me, it happens after I start Google Earth and click on Tools. Maybe connected to this problem, but most probably not. Any other ideas?

    • Nbene

      I too tried this fix. Did not work for me either :-(

    • greentech07

      Once you enter the setup and it loads the entire program, then you need to press the R key, which is for repairing the windows installation. This action will take you to the dos mode where further processing will be done. In the dos mode, system will ask you about installation place. Most of the people install their operating system in the C drive, which comes at number 1 option, so you need to press option 1. However, if you have so many partitions or you have installed the operating system then you need to choose the option according to your drive name. Here you need to enter your password as well, but if you have not set any password then you can simply press enter.

      *Then there will be a c:\WINDOWS> command in a dos mode where you need to write, “Copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows. However, if you have different place of your installed operating system then you will write the address of that drive. This is the whole process and now you can eject the cd and can press exit to restart the system. Now this process will copy the correct NTLDR file from installation disk to your hard drive by making your system in the working condition.

      Remember to fix your Windows registry with Reg In Out Registry Cleaner and PC Optimizer

  • ozan


    My problem is that when i press new task button i get a message saying that "task manager has a problem" and a window appers asking to close the task manager without any option.

    Do you have any suggestions to solve this problem?
    Regards Thanks

  • alp

    i am using windows 7 and got a bsod when i installed the latest version of GE. Ä° fixed the problem using compatibility mode when running googleearth.exe. I run the program in windows xp mode and everything is ok.

    hope it helps…

  • Did not work for me either.