Windows Insiders are going to see the last of the Blue Screen of Death, but only because Microsoft is changing it to a different colour. The revelation came through a leak Windows 10 build 14997; which hasn’t been publicly released yet.
Twitter user Chris123NT first noticed the difference when he forced a bug check on the leaked Windows build. Naturally, the computer crashed and threw up the error screen. The change in colour was later confirmed by Matthijs Hoekstra, a senior program manager for Windows Enterprise; although it was revealed that the difference would only be seen in the Insider test builds of Windows 10.
— Chris123NT (@Chris123NT) December 29, 2016
Microsoft has been tinkering with the infamous error screen by adding more information that might be helpful to users. This includes QR codes to make it easier to track down a fix for the problem. That being said, Windows 10 has been stable enough that people now rarely encounter the dreaded BSOD – with problems mainly being encountered by those running on the preview versions of the operating system.
@Chris123NT only for insiders builds
— Matthijs Hoekstra (@mahoekst) December 29, 2016
Of course, changing the colour of the error screen could be a way to help Microsoft’s support quickly identify which version of Windows the user is on. It might not help between preview build versions, but at least there’s an extra bit of information for the technical department to work with.