The “Red Screen Of Death” is an error that mainly appears in Windows XP & Vista. It was phased out in Windows 7 but is still a big problem for many people around the world. This tutorial is going to show you how to fix this problem for good.
The red screen error is what’s known as a ‘fatal’ error that is developed by Windows when something seriously bad happens. Like its counterpart – the “blue screen of death” – the red error makes Windows restart instantaneously and can make you lose your programs and other data. The error is typically reserved for “boot loader” issues inside Windows Vista.
The first thing you need to do to fix this error is to see if you can boot up Windows. If you cannot boot up Windows, then the likelihood is that the “boot loader” is broken and you should fix it by reinstalling your system. This can be done (in simple terms) by putting the installation disk into the CD drive and then booting from it. You should perform a fresh install which should replace all the damaged files that could be causing this issue.
If you find that you’re able to boot up Windows, then you should boot into “Safe Mode”. To do this, press F8 before Windows has began to load up, and then select “Safe Mode” from the options you are presented with. Loading into safe mode will give you a good indication of whether the problem is a software or hardware issue. It basically runs Windows down to the bare-bones, meaning that if you try and use it and it crashes, your PC is likely suffering from a hardware issue. If you load up safe mode, and it crashes, then you should try reinstalling Windows… and if it does the same thing then, you’ve got some faulty hard ware and it should be taken to the store.
If your computer does not crash in safe mode, then there’s going to be a software issue which is causing the red screen of death. To fix this, you should open up a “registry cleaner” tool which can be downloaded off the Internet. This is a software program which scans through your system and removes any damaged or corrupted files that are inside it. One of the main reasons why the Red Screen Of Death appears is because some of the vital Windows files that your system needs become corrupted. To fix this, you should let the registry cleaner scan your system and remove any of the damaged files that can cause the red error.
Source by Greg Harry Barker