Blue Screen - Mastering IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Errors

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    The Blue Screen of Death!

    Shaded in its notorious blue, this screen brings users to a halt as the monitor fills with this message, what's known as a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). That's a touch melodramatic, but it can take the shine off your day if you don't know what to do next. Start the computer in Safe Mode and open the error dump file by navigating to C:/Windows/Minidump.

    Alternatively, use BlueScreenView to quickly do the same task. An intimidating wall of code shows recently loaded drivers, but if you're lucky and have a good eye, you can spot a mischievous driver and update the file to correct the problem. Of course, most of us don't have the time or patience, so ask an expert to view your minidump file, install a third party solution such as Slimcleaner, and keep in mind the thought that such analytical skills are typically reserved for developers.

    A systematic approach to the Windows 8 ecosystem always helps. Know the paths to the various settings and panels held within the Control Panel. Device Manager is a particularly useful panel as you can update misbehaving drivers from here and temporarily turn off various system components so as to narrow prospective troublemakers. Also, consider the incremental update
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