Q. How can I change a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) to another color?

When you receive a STOP error, Windows displays the STOP on a Blue screen, hence the name BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death).

If you prefer a Red screen with White text, or any other color combination that is easier for you to see:

1. Open %SystemRoot%\SYSTEM.INI in Notepad.exe.

2. Locate the \[386enh\] section.

3. If the MessageBackColor= and MessageTextColor= entries are present, change them. Otherwise, add them to the end of the section. To have a Red screen with White text, use:

MessageBackColor=4
MessageTextColor=F
Using the following codes (case is important):
0 = black
1 = blue
2 = green
3 = cyan
4 = red
5 = magenta
6 = brown
7 = white
8 = gray
9 = bright blue 
A = bright green 
B = bright cyan 
C = bright red 
D = bright magenta 
E = bright yellow 
F = bright white 
4. Save the changes to the %SystemRoot%\SYSTEM.INI file.

5. Shutdown and restart your computer.


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