In this tutorial, we will describe how to view Blue Screen log in Windows 10. A Blue Screen of Death or BSOD error occurs when our system crashes due to a fatal error. When this error occurs, Windows displays its details. In some cases, Windows also displays a QR code along with the error details. If you scan the QR code, you will get the troubleshooting information for the BSOD error. But wait a minute, does Windows give you enough time to scan the QR code? The answer is no. Actually, Windows displays the Blue Screen for a very short time and restarts the computer. Sometimes, the computer restarts so quickly that the user does not understand what has happened.
Hopefully, Windows saves the details of all the errors at a particular location. This is what we called logs. These logs help users troubleshoot the errors that occurred on their system. Moreover, Windows also has a built-in log file viewer tool, Event Viewer. Hence, you need not install any third-party tools to view the log files on Windows 10.
Steps to view Blue Screen log in Windows 10
The following steps will guide you on how to see Blue Screen log in Windows 10.
1] Click on the Windows 10 search box and type Event Viewer. Click on the Event Viewer app to launch it.
2] Because the Event Viewer app contains all the errors, you have to create a filter to view BSOD log in Windows 10. To do so, click Action on the menu bar and then select Create Custom View.
3] In the Create Custom View windows, click on the Filter tab. In the Logged drop-down menu, select the time range when the BSOD error occurred on your system. If you know the exact time of the error, select the Custom Range option. But, most of us do not remember the time range of the error. That’s why it is set to Any time by default. Hence, we advise you to leave the setting to its default value, Any time if you do not know the time the error occurred.
4] In the Event level section, click on the checkbox adjacent to the Error.
5] Now, click on the By log Radio button and then click on the Event logs drop-down menu.
6] In the Event logs drop-down menu, expand the Windows logs section and select the following three options:
When you are done, click OK to save the changes.
7] When you click OK, a new window will open. Here, you have to enter the name of the filter that you have created. You can give any name. I have saved the filter as System Error Logs. You can access the filter that you have just created in the Custom Views section.
8] Now select the filter that you have created (in my case, it is System Error Logs) and the Event Viewer will show you the errors in the middle pane. To view the BSOD error logs, you have to locate the source BugCheck. To make it easy, click on the Source (head of the third column). This will arrange all the errors alphabetically in ascending and descending order.
After selecting the BugCheck entry, you can read the BSOD information under the General and Details tabs. The Details tab also shows the XML view of the BSOD error.
Windows Event Viewer is a powerful tool that contains a record of all the system errors. It eliminates the requirement of installing any other third-party log file viewer software. If you know how to use Windows Event Viewer, you can troubleshoot the system errors.
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