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Windows Phone 8 critical errors look just like the ones on a desktop PC

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Windows Phone 8 critical errors look just like the ones on a desktop PC
Believe it or not, the images you see below haven't been Photoshopped. These are real error messages displayed on Windows Phone 8 devices – an HTC Windows Phone 8X and a Nokia Lumia 920, in this case. Do they look familiar? They probably do because identical error screens pop-up in desktop versions of the Windows operating system whenever something goes seriously wrong. And if you look closely at these photos, you'll notice that the user is being asked to insert their Windows installation disc, even though the smartphone clearly doesn't have a disc drive. Oh, the irony!

Fortunately, weird error screens like these don't appear often on Windows Phone. Actually, they should not appear at all, unless someone tinkers with the operating system, which is exactly what the owners of those (probably dysfunctional) smartphones did. So please, don't try to mess with the brains of your Windows Phone 8 handsets, unless you wan't to experience the "joy" of reading these error screens yourself.

source: Mikko Hypponen (Twitter), PocketPC.ch via Neowin

Desktop-style error messages appear on Windows Phone 8
Desktop-style error messages appear on Windows Phone 8
Desktop-style error messages appear on Windows Phone 8

Desktop-style error messages appear on Windows Phone 8


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posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:27 9

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


lol...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:35 30

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ah..., good to see that the Blue Screen of Death is alive and well. I wonder if MS has a design patent for that?

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:39 3

9. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Actually, that is lame. The screen the Windows users sees most is unchanged for years! Where is the point upgrading?

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 13:04 2

39. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


what are you talking about?? Upgrading an error screen?? LAME.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:40

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


lol on PC MS couldn't care less how things look

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:29 10

2. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Never had a kernel panic on Android.. Oh well..

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:37 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


But Android doesn't have the Blue Screen of Death.... For that matter, neither does iOS. Only MS.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:47 6

13. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Linux kernel used in Android actually has something similar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernel_panic

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:32 2

28. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Now that I think about it....I have never seen it on any Android phone I had. I have rooted almost every phone I had, some I installed ROMs on. I see force closes....but not this.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 10:41 1

35. jdep1 (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


Don't forget windows phones are not that easy to hack. On Android almost all devices have been hacked, rooted, ROMs have been made, clockmod & so on.. The guys getting errors like that on there wp8 devices are not afraid of bricking even thought they know there might not be a fix if they brick.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 18:36 1

41. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I also just thought of this...

Ppl talk about Android phones and rebooting. Maybe instead of a kernel panic message...the phone just reboots. Similar to iOS not showing force close messages....it just freezes and eventually gets back to the home screen.

I have had Android phones in the past reboot after a specific situation. My RAZR Maxx HD rarely reboots. My Droid X1 did it on a weekly basis...lol.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 17:04

52. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


'Don't forget windows phones are not that easy to hack.'

LOL!!! whatever!! ANYTHING IS EASY if you know how.... and there is always someone who knows! so your stupid saying is totally irrelevant, NULL AND VOID!!

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:29 10

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


Hehehehehehe, jailbreak fail!!! :D

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 09:11 2

32. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Also this phone and OS won't be selling well.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 17:01

51. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


your so right, windows mobile never really did that well anyway, and wont do well now either,, windows mobile does not belong on a cell phone, and soon will die once again! truth hurts! dont need GATES JUNK on a cell phone

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:30 6

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Sure. I'll just find my Windows installation disk, put it in a blender, blend it, then spill whatever comes out into the micro-USB port. There, problem fixed.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:30 1

5. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Now let's wait for the first Virus and Worms targeting Windows phones. Microsoft is an expert with security flaws. I wonder how the phones will handle the viruses, worms and malwares affecting the desktop version.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:41

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


That is an interesting question. Ordinarily, I would argue MS has protection by virtue of its low market opportunity (hackers like inviting targets with huge installed base). But this exposure tends to invalidate the low market opportunity argument. Sounds like MS has some problems to contend with.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:34 10

6. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Bwahahahahaha insert disk ok but where??? ROFL

Too much copy pasting of code :D

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:45 1

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


SD card slot? But those with no removable storage would seem to be a bit screwed, though.

All may not be lost for RIM and BB10.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:49 4

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


if rim lands a good product they will secure their 3rd spot

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:04

18. MeoCao (unregistered)


He refers to another bug where WP users are prompted to "insert disk and restart the COMPUTER" ROFL

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:49 1

14. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 992; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Oh dear, Microsoft. :)

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:50

16. Mallouette (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


So that's why Windows 8 shares its kernel to Windows Phone 8 so developers of this platform can easily port applications. They had the same process whenever an error occurs.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:55 2

17. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It seems MS has taken "similar UI and Similar features across all devices" concept too seriously :P

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:06

19. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Do they throw their once famous BIGBOOBS error also -- 0X81680085 error code?

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:08

25. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You meant 0xB16B00B5

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:46

29. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yes typically M$ error codes are mosrtly crpto-numeric code so i put it so on purpose but the correct one is your version :)

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:13 3

20. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Well, believe it or not, at Handroid the crytical errors look just the same as these in WP, but without any text - only the black screen! OH, THE IRONY! :)

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:35 2

21. wendygarett (unregistered)


It's not error, it's called bricked :p

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