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Chapter 32. Crash Recovery > Recovering When the System Fails

Recovering When the System Fails

If you believe in Murphy's law that “if anything can go wrong, it will,” then you already understand why Microsoft includes the ability to create a core dump in its operating systems. A core dump is that mysterious blue screen with white characters that you see when a Windows operating system, such as XP, has a system failure. It's also referred to jokingly as the “Blue Screen Of Death” (BSOD). A core dump includes specific information about a problem that Windows XP is unable to deal with on its own.

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The official Microsoft name for the BSOD seems to be “Bug Check,” though they use a few different terms, and in conversation the Softies (software programmers at Microsoft) mostly seem to just use “Blue Screen.”



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