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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: 351; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


lol...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:35 30

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; 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: 225; 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: 275; 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: 5282; 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: 275; 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: 3980; 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: 3980; 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: 189; 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: 189; 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: 88; 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: 5282; 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: 237; 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: 5282; 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: 1223; 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: 664; 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: 237; 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: 2811; 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: 2811; 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 (Posts: 159; 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

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 18:58

44. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Might be half right. I'm assuming Android was coded to just reboot the phone....and not show an error message.

Fanboyism is a disease.....

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:46 1

22. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Fake! Look the capacitive buttons on the Lumia 920 they are not even light up. And the user tried to jailbreak the phone or something, and if it is true, only proofs that the phone has the same core of the desktop version

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:58 1

23. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


looks purely photo taking of desktop display the drive path doesnt even look Legit

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:00

24. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Well, fortunately we cannot see such an error JUST like that... :)

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 10:43

36. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Yeah. You see black screens and shut offs.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:16 1

26. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


uh hello to the writer of this article but believe it or not microsoft did develop the windows phone 8 software hence the name so why wouldnt it look like the error messages u see on a pc? good lord....*face palm*

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:22

27. nlbates66 (Posts: 203; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


the black screen ones are right, however I believe that they don't show the blue screen error that the writer has put in the article thumbnail.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 07:00 3

30. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Wow some people here don't get it. Just like majority of Android users don't know what Open and rooting mean, majority of Windows users will never see these screens. It built on the NT kernal. Why would this surprise anyone that the error messages are the same or similar? I'm sure if Androids base code started on a computer with a cd rom we'd see something similar. Remember the early versions of Android had stolen code in it that didn't get removed. Stop jumping to conclusions.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 10:33 2

34. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Youre saying to stop jumping to conclusions yet.
YOU ARE JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 20:39

45. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


If you think I'm jumping to conclusions you clearly don't understande my comment. I'm assuming you are thinking that I mean the average user will see Android base code. They wont and I thought I made that perfectly clear in my comment.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 18:50

43. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


1. The majority of Windows users on desktops might see that screen ....driver and hardware issues can cause that message.

2. You were doing fine until you got to Android and stolen code. Whatever code you were refering to would have never been seen by a regular user, even most root and ROM users would never have seen it. I think only actual coders woulda seen it.

And was it actually established that it was stolen? I cant remember...if thats the case...how in the world did they win the Oracle case?

That still doesnt excuse a desktop error message showing up on a mobile phone. The general public might go to their phone carrier asking for the WP install disc for their phone....

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 20:50

46. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


1. Desktop? I thought we were talking about phones.

2. I wasn't using the stolen code example as an example of what normal users would see. I was using more of an example of things that exist in the OS that would never be seen by Joe the Plumber.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/04/19/google_engineers_defend_source_code_email_in_oracle_lawsuit_over_java.html

Once again.....THEY WILL NEVER SEE THIS ERROR!

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 21:22

48. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You said Windows users....not desktop or mobile. You didnt even say Windows Phone...

Are you saying a kernel panic can only happen on WP or any mobile phone by tinkering with the OS? I dont really know....I know on desktops it can happen due to hardware or driver issues. Could an sd card error cause this? What about a charging cord issue?

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 07:00

50. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Ima let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. All Time!

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 08:06 1

31. Edmund (Posts: 645; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


You android/apple clowns can spread all the fud in the world, it still won't stop the wave of ordinary phone users that are about to dump android/IOS in favour of Windows Phone and Blackberry 10.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 10:30 1

33. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Jelous much? Its weird how youre "predicting" the future. Android and Windows are too different. Many people wont switch because Android is open. There are many people that like Android and it runs good.

The problems people have had is on the phones themselves, like the Droid Bionic for example. My Razr was stable as hell. My friends Bionic always had issues.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 12:24 1

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


Keep dreaming this will never happen, if it has been 8 years for WP they still are not preferred buy publics.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 18:44

42. jroc74 (Posts: 3980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You mean like how the orig iPhone was a joke...that nobody would switch to that from the old Win Mo, Palm and BB? You mean like how Android was garbage...and nobody would switch to that from the old Win Mo, Palm and BB?

If ppl were gonna dump Android or the iPhone in droves...it woulda already happened by now. WP has been out since what 2010? Its 2013...The only way for ppl to dump the iPhone and Android in droves is if they both started sucking royally....and that doesnt look like its gonna happen anytine soon.

Why do some ppl feel one product must fail for another so succeed? Do you think Android or iOS is failing? They are both succeeding. Good luck to WP and BB tho..

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 17:12

53. miles16852 (Posts: 189; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


you mean the TINY wave of clowns of ordinary phone users that make the mistake of going to wp8! LOL! BB has has moutains of success compared to window mobile period,, windows phone will be dead sooner then you think, just like it did years ago, its like beating a DEAD HORSE!

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 12:48 1

38. freebee269 (Posts: 497; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


this is what you get when you mess with the hardware or firmware of your windows phone device AKA hacking. the normal user will not see this. therefore nothing to see here in this article. move along.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 13:05

40. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


haha...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 21:03 1

47. garz_pa (Posts: 152; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL. installations disc.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 22:32

49. jsdechavez (Posts: 676; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I'm not surprised. It's Windows 8 lite.

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