Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) at Windows 98 Demo by Bill Gates

William H Gates III – He shares a birthday with me, (and I hope I’ll someday share his company too – and make Windows fully FOSS! πŸ˜› ) The man is known for being a geek and has his share of blunders, very public gaffes.
Here’s once such gem. It’s not Gates’ fault actually! At least, not directly so. But the product he was presenting on international Television (CNN), got a deadly Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and that too, LIVE, before millions of eyeballs competing for attention.

No points for guessing the product: Windows 98! Yeah, this happened some eleven years ago. Stumbled upon this video in YouTube and I had the laugh of my life! πŸ˜‰ Check it out:

This happened at COMDEX, Las Vegas on April 20, 1998. The guy operating the PC in this video is Chris Capossella, (now Corporate VP in the information working business unit).

And, that would be Reason #234 to switch over to GNU/Linux – a very stable O/S that makes Blue Screens a thing of the past! πŸ˜›

Living breathing proof of the above statement: My PC, which runs sturdily on Kubuntu 8.10 with Vista like display and blazing speed in just 768 MB RAM, and that too with blown-up on board-graphics! πŸ˜›


If that wasn’t enough check out this blue screen from theΒ  Windows Vista launch! This one’s a spoof though, but it’s nice, even beats the shits out of Bill’s gaffe! πŸ˜‰

By hari

A twenty-something support engineer, web developer, blogger and journalist who makes the web a better place for a living, at Automattic. Immensely passionate about WordPress! Also loves books, music, movies, and drinking hot cups of coffee on rainy evenings. Dreams of writing a book, someday.


  1. Ha ha ha……this laugh is at your gaffe πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    This happened at COMDEX, Las Vegas on April 20, 1988 was this 11 yrs back or 21 πŸ˜€

    Welcome to the group of Gates, now you share his public gaffes too πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  2. @ Quest:

    Typo, man! My Keyboard's rather f**ked up due to age that it often misprints letters! 😐

    Thanks for notifying, anyway! πŸ˜‰

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