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Crash!

Although i’m some kind of specialist in the MS area i’m no fan boy – check out how many times i’ve mentioned replacing my lappy with a Mac. However, I found the following statistics pretty interesting considering the slating Windows gets about it’s stability (i’m not talking security here, just stability). Just for the record, i’m of the opinion that the stability and reliability of a server (be it Windows, *nix or whatever) is a reflection of the admin responsible for it :p

Causes of BSODs:

Microsoft Code 5%
Hardware (memory, disk etc) 10%
Unknown (crash too corrupt for analysis) 15%
3rd party device drivers 70%

Data taken from MS’s analysis of the crash dumps for XP submitted to Microsoft OCA in April 2004.

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