Provoke a blue screen of death on command

It is possible to force a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) if this is needed. It can be useful when testing the recovery abilities of your 3rd party application or cluster service.

To activate this create this new DWORD in the registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet \Services \i8042prt \Parameters]
CrashOnCtrlScroll=1

After making the change and performed a reboot, then hold down the right CTRL key and press ScrollLock Twice (Doesn't work with USB keyboards). It will cause a BSOD with the following message:

MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH (0xE2)

More info MS KB244139

Updated: 4 October 2007

Comments:

  1. Jellybean says:

    Yes, and if you do this on windows 7 or Vista, then reboot, report it, it tells you how to remove this registry key.

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