desktop Everyone’s seen them before the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) Hopefully they don’t happen too often. But did you know that you can change the background color and the text color, so if you wanted you could have RSOD (Red Screen Of Death) or a GSOD (Green Screen Of Death) or many other colors.


Here’s how: First create a System Restore Point

  1. Open My computer and navigate to the folder where you have Windows installed (Normally C: Windows)
  2. Scroll down to you find system.ini2
  3. Right click system.ini and choose open with > notepad.Change the BSOD
  4. Look in the [386enh] section for the following text.MessageBackColor=

    If there not in there go ahead and add them.
    Here are the color codes to use after the = sign

    0 = black
    1 = blue
    2 = green
    3 = cyan
    4 = red
    5 = magenta
    6 = yellow/brown
    7 = white
    8 = gray
    9 = bright blue
    A = bright green
    B = bright cyan
    C = bright red
    D = bright magenta

    EXAMPLES:MessageBackColor=C Background color will be bright red.
    MessageTextColor=2 Text color will be green.

  5. Save the system.ini file to the same location as you opened it from.
  6. Restart your computer, and wait for the next crash.

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  10 Responses to “Change The BSOD or Blue Screen Of Death To A Different Color”

  1. cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. It is very cool and funny but it is possible to change the color of the BSOD on Windows Vista ? 🙂

  3. @ Mag1c Wind0w, It should work the same, I have it setup on mine but I haven’t had a BSOD yet so I cant be 100% sure. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  4. @ Kevin, to make a crash without breaking the computer (works only in Windows Vista), do this:
    1. Open Task Manager
    2. Go to Processes
    3. Click Show processes from all users
    4. End “csrss.exe”
    Done! Your computer will crash, but if you restart, it will work again.

  5. @ale12396, Nice find It definitely will cause a crash.

  6. Didnt worked on my XP. I checked with notmyfault from Sysinternals.

  7. @ Mario Grunert, It should work, have you tried it again. I used it on a few of my systems and it worked every time. Also make sure your logged on as an administrator.


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  9. The tip does not work at all under WinXP if either SP2 or SP3 is installed. It may work on XP with either no SP (aka. RTM) or SP1 is installed. sorry, Kevin, but I’ve done extensive tests to confirm this under XP.

    but do read the following blogs by Mark Russinovich on these pages:
    His “Notmyfault” program does seem to make XP/Vista/Seven OSes crash with different colors rather than editing the system.ini file to make it happen.

  10. @EP, I don’t run XP anymore but it did work when I wrote this.

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