The New Windows Blue Screen of Death Has a QR Code

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Welcome to the future. A future where the Windows Blue Screen of Death now features a QR code as well as a sad face.

The Register reports that the latest developer build of Windows 10 — that’s build 14316, if you’re counting — now features a URL that you can follow, using your phone, to help you get to the bottom of exactly what’s gone wrong. But it doesn’t just use text, instead opting to offer you the choice of scanning a QR code instead – that most maligned of technologies. The link currently points to a single webpage describing common causes of the infamous BSOD, but presumably it could be tweaked to actually give specific, useful advice in the future.

Despite being super smart, the QR code had a turbulent history, having never quite caught on in the way many of its early proponents hoped it might. But hey, if it features on the BSOD, people will will see a whole lot more of it in the future. [The Register]