Manually crash Windows XP

11 Sep

Manually Crash Windows XP (Source: The Straight Dope)

Windows-XP has a “feature” (???) with which it is possible to manually crash a system by simply holding the right CTRL key and pressing the “Scroll Lock” key twice. This feature can be turned on by the following steps:

1. Start regedit. 2. Navigate to:
3. Create a new DWORD value and name it CrashOnCtrlScroll
4. Right-click on this newly created value and click on Modify
5. Enter 1 in the Value data field and click on OK.
6. Close regedit and reboot your system.
7. Now you can blue screen (crash) your system by holding the right CTRL key and pressing “Scroll Lock” twice.


Your system may reboot or show a blue screen whenever this crash is initiated. If your system reboots after initiating the crash, and you want to see the blue screen, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel > System
2. Click on the Advanced tab
3. Under Startup and Recovery, click the Settings button.
4. Under System failure, uncheck the option Automatically restart.

Happy crashing…!!

Source: The Straight Dope


Posted by on September 11, 2007 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Manually crash Windows XP

  1. philramble

    September 13, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Nice one, but I wonder why the effort when it crashed automatically! 😛

  2. munchy

    September 13, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    well mate,
    i found out about this coz one of my frnz was really pissed of with his admin in his company and he wanted to crash the admins system,
    so i found out how to do it and posted it here.

  3. Phoenix

    September 13, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Very funny, munchy! 😡

  4. philramble

    September 16, 2007 at 1:15 am

    Whoa. That should have given the admin a fright. Not many people really like admins anyway. There’s one at my client’s office. He sits with a large convex mirror next to him so he can see who’s coming. What a freak.


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