Unplugging Computer = Bad?


Active Member
i have unplugged my computer, instead of logging off. can this cause any system file damage and the blue screen?

when i used SFC/SCANNOW, my system seems fixed now.

so could the unpluggging have been the cause of the BSOD?


Extraordinary Member
Unplugging is like a power failure. Anything can happen. Usually the system is robust and can deal with it, but in certain situations it may lead to a BSOD.


Extraordinary Member
It's certainly something one wouldn't want to make a habit of doing. The OS & computer is designed to be shutdown a certain way, sudden power outages have been known to cause data loss & other hardware failure.

This includes removing the battery from a notebook to shutdown.

If there's an issue that's preventing normal shutdown, it should be promptly fixed. This issue seemed to be more common with XP computers, where the OS would totally lock up, I've yet to see a Windows 7 install do this.



Active Member

i would think system files that are loaded into memory would be read only, and could not be changed and thus damaged. but it seems that's what happened here as far as my blue screen of death, as i have no virus.

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