Solved: Blue Screen When Playing Games [2021]

Abby | Oct 20,2021 7 min read

This page shows you how to fix blue screen error when launching or playing games with five effective solutions. Besides, a data recovery tool is introduced to help you recover files after fixing blue screen on PC.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Update graphics card, drives When the Graphic card or chipset drivers are not working properly in Windows 10, 8, or 7 computers...Full steps
Fix 2. Run a clean boot Click Start and type: msconfig, select System Configuration. On the Services tab, select Hide all...Full steps
Fix 3. Correct the BIOS settings Go to C: > Windows > Software Distribution > Download and delete all the files stored in this folder...Full steps
Fix 4. Change the power settings Go to Control Panel, click Power Options, select Change plan settings. Click Change Advanced power...Full steps
Fix 5. Clean up malware and virus You can run anti-virus software or malware removal tools on your computer to clean up viruses or malware...Full steps

Stay calm and don't worry about losing files if your computer cannot boot and present you with a blue screen of death error message or error code while playing games as listed here:

  • 0x0000009F (power setting issue)
  • 0×00000050, 0×40000080 (dust issue)
  • 0x000000FE, 0×000000124 (memory and graphics card issue)
  • 0×0000007E, 0×0000008E, 0x00000073, 0×000000116 (driver issue)
  • 0×0000000A, 0x0000001A, 0×000000EA, 0×000000BE, 0×000000D1,0×000000FC (driver issue)

Blue Screen error on Windows PC.

Don't worry if you are having the same issues or errors on your computer. Here, we'll offer you five methods to resolve this issue and recover lost files with the help of EaseUS data recovery software.

Part 1. Fix Blue Screen Error when Launching or Playing Games

As you see, different error codes of the blue screen stand for different issues. But don't worry. Refer to the quick fixes and methods here to remove this error immediately.

Quick Fix: Restart PC, Unplug and Replug Memory and Graphics Card

When your computer firstly turned into a blue screen with an error message while playing or launching games, try these quick fixes:

1. Restart the computer.

2. Unplug and re-plug, or even replace the memory card, graphics card.

Then reboot PC and re-launch the game to see if the problem still lingers. If the problem still exists, relax. Follow the provided video tutorial or methods here to remove this error from your Windows 10, 8 or 7 computers immediately.

Video Tutorial to Fix BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)

Method 1. Update Graphics Card, Chipset and Other Important Drivers

When the Graphic card or chipset drivers are not working properly in Windows 10, 8 or 7 computers, you'll probably get a blue screen error. And the best way is to upgrade all important drivers including the graphics, chipset, firmware, etc., on your PC:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel, click "System and Security".

Step 2: Under System, click "Device Manager", find and double-click on the device name of the hardware - Graphics card, the chipset of your computer or even hard drive in the list of hardware categories.

Step 3: Go to the "Driver" tab, then click "Update Driver".

Update drivers to remove blue screen error.

Step 4: Select "Search automatically for updated driver software" to let Windows search and update the latest driver of your selected device automatically.

Repeat the process several times and when all the drivers have been updated, restart your computer to see if this error has been removed.

Method 2. Run a Clean Boot in Windows 

The reason why we recommend you to run a clean boot in Windows first is that clean boot will be able to help you determine whether a background program or game is interfering with your computer performance.

Step 1: Click Start and type: msconfig, select "System Configuration".

Step 2: On the Services tab, select "Hide all Microsoft services" box and click "Disable all".

Fix Blue Screen error by clean boot.

Step 3: On the Startup tab, click "Open Task Manager".

Step 4: on the Startup tab in Task Manager, select the items and click "Disable".

Step 5: Close the Task Manager, click "OK" on the Startup tab of System Configuration, then restart the computer.

Step 6: When the computer restarts, check if the blue screen error continues. Then run your game to see if the same error happens again.

If yes, move on with the following methods to resolve this error.

Method 3. Correct the BIOS Settings

Step 1: Go to C: > Windows > Software Distribution > Download and delete all the files stored in this folder. Also, delete the $Windows.~BT folder located in the root directory of "C:".

Step 2: After deleting these files, reboot your computer. Go to the BIOS (press the F12 or Delete key while booting up) and enable UEFI Boot.

Step 3: Disable all overclocking options for your processor, if you have set it higher than default values.

Method 4. Change the power settings

Step 1: Go to Control Panel, click "Power Options" and select "Change plan settings". 

Step 2: Click "Change Advanced power settings".

Step 3: Switch "Link State Power Management" Off both in "Plugged in" and "On battery" under PCI Express.

Fix blue screen error by changing power settings.

Method 5. Remove and Clean Up Malware, Virus 

Malware, virus or unknown virus may also cause blue screen error on Windows PCs. You may also run anti-virus software or malware removal tools on your computer to clean up virus or malware.

You may try CCleaner or other highly praised virus cleaning tools online. 

Note: When a file is considered as virus or malware infected, the virus removal tool would clean up the file via an entire deletion, which means there's a huge potential of data loss.

If you meet a file loss problem, stay cool, don't make any changes to your device or computer and follow Part 2 to perform file recovery as soon as possible.

Part 2. Recover Files after Fixing Blue Screen on PC

With the provided methods, you may have fixed the blue screen of death error successfully on your PC. However, some of the above methods like Method 5 may cause data loss problem in your computer.

Don't worry if you lost files on your PC. Professional data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will help you deeply scan and restore all lost data on PC from the BSOD or other problems:

You can simply download it and follow to restore all lost files from your PC immediately in 3 simple steps.

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the location where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files

Wait until the scanning completes. You can use Filter or search bar to find lost files.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data

Then choose a location to save the recovered data, and click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

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