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Crash Conditions

Probably no software system in use today is totally bug-free, and Windows NT Workstation is no exception. Bugs in Windows NT Workstation can range from minor to fatal. When Windows NT Workstation runs into a fatal condition—that is, a condition in which the system crashes—the consequences are severe. Compared to crashing a spreadsheet program or a game, when Windows NT Workstation crashes, your PC's operating system shuts down and is unusable until it is restarted.

The polite term used by Windows NT Workstation to describe a crash is STOP condition.When Windows NT Workstation crashes, your screen appears blue, and an error message is displayed informing you of the STOP condition. There can be any number of reasons why Windows NT Workstation would crash, and as a user or administrator of Windows NT Workstation, you should be interested in understanding why the crash occurs (especially if it occurs frequently), what you can do to prevent a crash and how to get your system up and running quickly after a crash. Windows NT Workstation provides functionality to help achieve those goals. Fortunately, because of the protection Windows NT provides for each of its internal subsystems, you should rarely encounter a Windows NT Workstation STOP condition.


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