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Yes, BSoD’s are still a reality in Windows 8, but d. The main cause for bluescreens are very poorly written drivers and applications or defective hardware. Even though most Vista-/7-era software work in Windows 8, there are exceptions. Oddly enough, a lot of the blue screens seem to occur when running Windows 8 on a Mac. Here are a few things you should do when the blue smiley keeps on coming back:
· Look at the error message (i.e. HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED) and follow Microsoft’s advice: “search online later for this error”. Usually, the Windows 8 Answers forums are a good starting point.
· Unplug as many devices as you can: For example, on Macs running Windows, the most common blue screen (“MacHalDriver.sys”), can simply be solved by disabling the secondary PnP-Driver.