One Dev Question with Raymond Chen - What does a Blue Screen Message Really Mean?

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The 'One Dev Question with Raymond Chen' video series is part of the One Dev Minute channel.  In this series, longtime Microsoft developer and semi-official Windows historian Raymond Chen covers a series of questions about Microsoft Windows development, team culture, and/or history.  If you have additional questions for Raymond, please add your questions in the comments section below.  You can also find out more development details about Windows and its history on Raymond's blog.

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      Niner323558

      Yep, 99.5% of BSODs are caused by bad drivers, .4% by hardware failure, and MAYBE .1% by bugs in Windows.  But popular opinion is that Windows sucks.  Well I've seen Macs seize up plenty, and no helpful messages about WHY either.

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      dandy

      @Niner323558:  Keep in mind also that Apple only writes drivers for their own hardware, not the infinite number of commodity PC components that exist.  People really don't realize it, but it's a marvel Windows runs as well as it does (despite all its flaws).

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