A fullscreen error message associated with the Windows operating system. The vast majority of these crashes require that you reboot your computer.
Bob: YAY! My 10 hour thesis is finally finished!
*Windows BSOD: Blablabla physical memory dump blablabla 0x73729280 blabla
Bob: !!!OMG WTF BBQ PBJ!!! *Gets the axe*
A commonly misunderstood error message on windows systems that does not mean a crash has occured, rather it warns you of a problem on the system, tells you what the problem is, what to do about it, and shuts down the OS to prevent damage.
Another common mistake associated with the BSOD is that all your unsaved data is gone afterwards. not true. all new windows systems have a feature called Recovery which allows you to recover unsaved files after a BSOD.
Thanks to a feature called safe mode, users have the ability to delete or repair damaged or infected files after a BSOD without damage being done to their system.
Unlike Windows, Mac OSX does not have a warning screen telling you of a problem, it just continues running until a crash occurs.
When your Windows machine has had enough of your BS.