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How to Fix a Red Screen on a Computer

Updated April 17, 2017

The Red Screen of Death (RSoD) is an error message that appears in operating systems such as Windows Vista. The red screen is a sign of serious errors in your computer that can make it become unstable. The red screen can be caused by the incompatibility of installed hardware or software with the operating system or a damaged operating system. Remove non-compatible programs or repair the operating system to fix the red screen.

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  1. Turn off automatic restart so you can view the error without the computer restarting. Go to the "Start" menu and right-click "My Computer." Select "Properties" and click the "Advanced tab." Click "Settings" to open the Startup and Recovery box. Click the "Automatically restart" check box to clear it. Click "OK" to finish. Reboot your computer to apply the settings.

  2. Uninstall hardware or software that is incompatible with the operating system. Click on the "Start" menu and click "Control Panel." Select "Programs" and click "Programs and Features." Select the newly installed hardware or software, then click "Uninstall" to remove it. Click "OK" to finish and exit. Reboot your computer system.

  3. Reboot the computer and place the Windows Vista installation disc that came with your computer in the CD drive. Press a key when the text "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" appears on the screen. Click "Next" and choose "Repair Your Computer" when the disk loads.

  4. Select the drive of the Windows installation under "System Recovery Options" and click "Next." Click "Repair Your Computer." Choose the operating system to repair and click "Next." Choose "Startup Repair." Click "Finish" to reboot your system.

  5. Disconnect all peripheral devices from your computer. Restart the computer. Press "F8" during the reboot until the Windows Startup menu is loaded. Select "Safe Mode" and press the "Enter" button, to test the issue in "Safe Mode."

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Amanda Dyar is a professional writer with 20 years of experience. She has published several books based on her short story writings. Her first published book was "Collections of the Insane Mind." She was a lifestyle columnist for the Weekly Post in Rainsville, Ala. She holds a bachelor's degree in human resource management and psychology.

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