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

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


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53 Comments

1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

lol...

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

9. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

39. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

10. MeoCao unregistered

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

2. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

13. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

35. jdep1

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

41. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

52. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 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!!

3. wendygarett unregistered

Hehehehehehe, jailbreak fail!!! :D

32. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

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

51. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 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

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.

5. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Bwahahahahaha insert disk ok but where??? ROFL Too much copy pasting of code :D

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

18. MeoCao unregistered

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

14. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Oh dear, Microsoft. :)

16. Mallouette

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

17. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

25. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

You meant 0xB16B00B5

29. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

20. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 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! :)

21. wendygarett unregistered

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

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