What causes Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10?

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To solve Windows 10 system crashes, you need to understand what causes the dreaded Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10.

Windows 10 operates in both Kernel Mode and User Mode. The idea is simple; run core operating system code and device drivers in Kernel Mode and software applications and user mode drivers in User Mode. For applications to access the services of the OS and the hardware, they must call upon Windows services that act as proxies. Thus, by blocking User Mode code from having direct access to Kernel Mode, OS operations are generally well protected.

The problem is when Kernel Mode code goes awry. In most cases, it is third-party drivers living in Kernel Mode that make erroneous calls, such as to non-existent memory or to overwrite OS code, that can result in system failures. And, yes, it is true that Window itself is seldom at fault.

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