A Bluescreen By Any Other Color

Note: for an easier way to customize the blue screen’s colors, see my next blog post, “Blue Screens in Designer Colors with One Click”. Seeing a bluescreen that’s not blue is disconcerting, even for me, and based on the reaction of the TechEd audiences, I bet you’ll have fun generating ones of a color you…


The Cases of the Blue Screens: Finding Clues in a Crash Dump and on the Web

My last couple of posts have looked at the lighter side of blue screens by showing you how to customize their colors. Windows kernel mode code reliability has gotten better and better every release such that many never experience the infamous BSOD. But if you have had one (one that you didn’t purposefully trigger with…


The Case of the Slow Project File Opens

If you’ve seen one of my Case of the Unexplained presentations (like the one I delivered at TechEd Europe last month that’s posted for on-demand viewing), you know that I emphasize how thread stacks are a powerful troubleshooting tool for diagnosing the root cause of performance problems, buggy behavior, crashes and hangs (I provide a…