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The “BITLOCKER FATAL ERROR” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows Vista, 2008, and Windows 7 and 8. This error appears when an error occurred in the Bitlocker Drive Encryption from which it failed to recover. The Bitlocker Drive Encryption uses the AES algorithm to protect encoded data, and is responsible for full disk encryption or the encryption of entire volumes. This BSOD error is caused by corrupted data and file structures. It also occurs due to changes in software and applications, changes …

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Sometimes you double-click on a file, and it opens the wrong application. Associating it with the correct one is a bit of a process. We show you how.

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The “ACTIVE EX WORKER THREAD TERMINATION” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error results from the termination of an active executive worker thread without going through the rundown code. The worker thread, or background thread, is a process that is created for a task without user interaction. This BSOD error is usually caused by issues and incompatibilities with installed software applications, hardware, and device drivers. In many instances, this message is due to the chipset and video drivers that have not been updated, or failure to install the latest operating system …

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The “BC BLUETOOTH VERIFIER FAULT” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows Vista, 2008, and Windows 7 and 8. This error appears when a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as an all-in-one printer, is connected to the computer. The abrupt shutdown of the computer is executed to prevent damage and data loss. The Bluetooth device driver enables the operating system to communicate with the Bluetooth device and vice-versa. In most cases, this BSOD error occurs when the required driver is missing or corrupted, and when …

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The “ACPI DRIVER INTERNAL” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) may appear when the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) driver detects an inconsistency in the BIOS (Basic Input/ Output System) settings, or an error in a system process, application or installed driver. The immediate shut down of the computer is implemented to prevent severe operating errors and possible loss of important data. The BSOD error is caused by an incompatibility between the BIOS and newly installed hardware and device driver. It is also prompted by a corrupted or outdated driver, …

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The “AUDIT FAILED” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows XP, when the CrashOnAuditFail option is turned on. It means that the system failed when it attempted to perform a security audit. This event happens when the Security Log new has reached the specified Maximum Log Size and does not permit logging of audit information. This BSOD error also appears during the initialization process for Windows 2000, NT and Server 2003 if the system is configured with the option Do Not Overwrite Events …

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The “ACPI BIOS FATAL ERROR” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) may appear when the Basic Input / Output System (BIOS) detects a malfunction in the computer hardware or a problem with the installed device driver. The faulty component forces the system to reboot, which may result in the loss of unsaved data. This BSOD error is sometimes referred to as a Stop message or Bug check, and usually appears when the BIOS detects a fault in the hardware, such as overheating of components and a malfunctioning power source. This BSOD …

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It’s a bit tricky to change the background on the two different screens in Windows 8.1. Here’s how.

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Are you receiving code 80072EFD when trying to perform a Windows update? You’re not alone. Here is how to fix it.

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The “BAD EXHANDLE” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2008, and Windows 7 and 8. It means that the system has detected an inconsistent handle table entry state or a fault in a device driver, and has to shutdown in order to prevent damage and loss of data. This BSOD error is caused by several factors, such as faulty execution of some processes by newly installed programs, applications and drivers. It may also be due to the corruption of …

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The “AUDIT FAILURE” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2008, and Windows 7 and 8. It means that the system encountered failure while conducting an audit, and has to automatically shutdown to prevent damage and data loss. This BSOD error may be due to corrupt system files and unstable system registry that resulted from the improper deletion of applications, incomplete program installation, or an incomplete uninstall. In many instances, the BSOD error is caused by the corruption of system …

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The “STATUS SAM INIT FAILURE” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows. This BSOD error usually occurs in computers that are not regularly maintained, resulting to damaged or missing system files, and misconfiguration of the operating system. This BSOD error refers to the failure in the initialization of the Security Accounts Manager, which is the part of the Windows Registry that contains a database of usernames and passwords for the system. This security feature ensures that the entered username and password match a …

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The “BOOTING IN SAFEMODE MINIMAL” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2008, and Windows 7 and 8. This error results to the booting of the computer in a Safe Mode without network connections and other services, and the abrupt shutdown of the computer to prevent damage and data loss. The BSOD error is usually caused by damaged or a corrupted Windows system file. Corrupted system files may result from instances such as a recovery of the system from malware …

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The “AGP INVALID ACCESS” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear when the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) or visual processing unit that accelerates the creation of images has performed an unauthorized manipulation or alteration in the AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) memory. It is an indication of a bug or problem with the installed video driver, or outdated BIOS (Basic Input / Output System). In most instances of this BSOD error, the installed video driver is not tested properly, or is unsigned. This BSOD error or Windows Stop message results …

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The “ATTEMPTED SWITCH FROM DPC” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear when the computer abruptly shuts down during the initialization process for older versions of Windows, such as Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 7 and 8. This error is caused by a delayed procedure call (DPC) routine that attempted to perform an illegal operation. The DPC is triggered when the kernel detects a hung condition and makes a call to terminate or interrupt a software. It means that a yield, attach process, or a wait operation was executed from …

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