Random ways to cause Bluescreens (For Testing)

The most common is to

  • Open Regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters
  • Add a new DWORD (32-bit) Registry value here with name = CrashOnCtrlScroll and value = 1
  • Now you close regedit and restart PC
  • Finally hold down Right Ctrl and press Scroll Lock twice to trigger the BSOD.

This can never work through RDP though. So other methods

This might work, but slow

This works well to crash a machine on boot

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Save it as a .reg file and run it. Your computer will blue screen on reboot. Return to last good configuration or change the value back to 0 to fix it.

This also works

The command line interface for the DiskCryptor Open source partition encryption software includes a -bsod parameter, the wiki says it will

Erase all keys in memory and generate BSOD