Microsoft is preparing to replace its infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) used to signal fatal system error on Windows with a new Black Screen of Death on Windows 11. The new black screen has been spotted in the first Windows 11 preview build the company released earlier this week, but according to The Verge’s Tom Warren it “isn’t fully enabled yet.”
As you can see in the video below, the new Black Screen of Death looks identical to the existing blue BSOD, except for the new black background color. “The Verge understands Microsoft will be switching to a Black Screen of Death for Windows 11, matching the new black logon and shutdown screens,” Warren wrote.
The Windows Insider team has yet to say something on the introduction of this new Black Screen of Death, but the new black color should be probably easier on the eyes for Windows 11 users. The next version of Windows is expected to be released this holiday season, and Microsoft still has plenty of time to introduce more visual changes in the new OS.
If you have yet to install the first official Windows 11 preview build, it’s currently available for Insiders in the Dev channel, though you’ll need a PC with a 64-bit dual-core processor and a minimum of 4GB of RAM to install it. The biggest changes so far include the new Start Menu and Taskbar, the redesigned Microsoft Store, and a new Dynamic Refresh Rate feature. However, this first preview build doesn’t include Android apps and the new built-in Teams consumer experience.