StartBlueScreen v1.00 - Initiate a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows operating system
Copyright (c) 2007 Nir Sofer
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This utility, just as it sounds, allows your to crash the Windows operating system by initiating a Blue Screen of Death according to 5 parameters that you specify from command-line.

How does it work ?

StartBlueScreen.exe loads a very small device driver named NirSoftBlueScreenDriver.sys that calls the crash API function of Windows Kernel (KeBugCheckEx) with the 5 crash parameters that you specify in the command-line.

System Requirements

This utility works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista (32-bit). Previous versions of Windows are not supported. Also, you must login as Administrator in order to initiate a Blue Screen of Death.

Using StartBlueScreen Utility

In order to get a blue screen, you must specify 5 parameters in the command-line of StartBlueScreen.exe
Running StartBlueScreen.exe without specifying the 5 command-line parameters won't crash your system.

The first parameter in the command-line specifies the Bug Check Code. You can find the list of codes here. The other 4 parameters specifies the additional Bug Check parameters that are displayed in the blue screen crash. For all 5 parameters, you can specify a decimal number (e.g: 1234) or an hexadecimal number (e.g: 0x04d2).
Here's a few examples:
StartBlueScreen.exe 0x10 0x1111 0x2222 0x3333 0x4444
StartBlueScreen.exe 25 30 1234 1111 2222
StartBlueScreen.exe 0x12 0 0 0 0


By default, when a blue screen crash is activated, Windows XP creates a memory dump file and then immediately reboot the system, so you have a very little time to view the blue screen. If you want to cancel the automatic reboot after a crash, Right-click on 'My Computer', select 'Properties' , and then go to Advanced->Startup and Recovery, and uncheck the "Automatically Restart" option.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to

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