STOP Errors in Windows XP and Windows 2000 (Blue Screen of Death)

What are Windows Blue Screen of Death STOP Errors?

STOP errors and they’re associated error codes (i.e. 0x0000001E) most commonly show up during Windows boot. They usually indicate a corrupt file system or incompatibility with a particular piece of hardware you have installed. These errors are a very serious and can render your computer unbootable.

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What causes STOP errors and Blue Screens of Death?

If you have recently installed a new piece of hardware into your computer such as a new video or sound card, USB or controller card, or even new RAM chips, you may encounter a Blue Screen and STOP error.

Additionally, severe damage or corruption to your Windows installation or system registry can result in Blue Screens of Death and STOP errors.

Less often, damaged or dying hardware such as your CPU processor, RAM memory, or hard drive can return Blue Screens and STOP errors.

What do STOP Error Codes Mean?

Each STOP error code has a specific meaning. That is, it has a specific code tied to it that pretty much only Windows programmers understand. They descriptors may look something like this:

Stop 0x0000000A or IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL


Stop 0x0000002E or DATA_BUS_ERROR

As you can see, without a Computer Science degree, it’s tough to figure out what actions to take as a result of the descriptions attached to the various STOP error codes.

How to manually fix STOP errors and Blue Screens of Death:

In the case of hardware that causes Blue Screens of death and STOP errors, safely removing any recently installed hardware may relieve the error.

For Windows or file system-related STOP errors and Blue Screens, the following steps may help:

  • Restart Windows (if your computer is frozen you may need to do this via pressing and holding down the power button to manually shut the computer down, then pressing it again to restart.)
  • As Windows is restarting, continually tap the “F8” button until a boot menu appears with a number of options you can use your arrow keys to navigate to.
  • Select “Last Known Good Configuration”

Windows will hopefully restart with the last configuration of settings that worked. This may resolve the Blue Screen and STOP errors in some cases.

Recommended Automatic Solutions:

This will help with many STOP errors you are likely to see, including 0x00000019, 0x0000001E, 0x00000024, 0x00000050, 0x00000051, 0x0000006F, 0x0000007A, 0x0000007B, 0x0000007E, 0x0000007F, 0x0000009C, 0x000000C2, 0x000000C5, 0x000000D1, 0x000000EA, 0x000000ED, 0x000000F4, 0x1000008E.