What is Blue Screen 1033 Error?

Summary: To fix the blue screen error 1033, here are the various fixes that you can try (in order):

  • Perform a cold restart or hard reboot.
  • Use The Action Centre
  • Use Windows Utilities (like System restore).
  • Execute a driver rollback.
  • Uninstall recently installed software
  • Reinstall any recently deleted files

Note: These fixes are not specific to BSOD error 1033, they will work for most blue screen error codes.

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Blue Screen 1033 Error

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Blue Screen Error

What is a Blue Screen Error In The First Place?

A blue screen error, officially known as a Windows “Stop Error” is a fatal system crash that requires a reboot of the system.

There are approximately 250 of these error codes, which are unofficially known as BSOD errors, where BSOD stands for the “Blue Screen Of Death”.

These errors got this name because of the blue background that accompanies the error message in white text that is the characteristic of these blue screen error codes.

Every BSOD error (such as blue screen 1033 error) is accompanied by a hexadecimal STOP code that can be used to ascertain the cause of the problem.

These hexadecimal numerics are what we call the blue screen error codes. Some examples of error codes are 0x0000007E, 0xDEADDEAD, 0xC0000225, etc.

In addition to these screen error codes, the BSOD may also display certain strings such as “SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE”, “DRIVER_VERIFIER_DMA_VIOLATION” or many others.

However, many people make these blue screen error codes into bigger issues than they need to be: in reality, A BSOD is just the computer telling you that it is facing a problem somewhere that needs your attention, and that it needs to restart to continue.

If you are running Windows 8 or later, you may also receive a QR code along with your blue screen error codes, so it is a good idea to keep a smartphone handy with a QR code scanner pap in case you find yourself stuck in a BSOD loop.

Blue Screen Error 1033

How Do You Fix A Blue Screen Error 1033?

A cursory inspection of the results of a “how to fix” internet search for the blue screen 1033 error reveals many articles that suggest a completely fresh installation of windows, but this will only solve the blue screen error codes if they are software related.

If your computer’s problem is hardware-related, even a fresh installation of windows will not do anything to get you out of the situation that you are in.

Here are the most common solutions to fixing the windows 7 blue screen 1033 error code: (In order, so if one doesn’t work, try the other).

1. Perform a cold restart or a hard reboot

Cold Restart: The procedure to perform a cold restart is to power off your computer from the CPU, unplug the PSU (power supply unit) cable, let the machine rest for a bit, and then replug and power on. If you use a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) box, you need to unplug this and use only power from the mains.

Hard Reboot: This can only be done on laptops that are displaying blue screen error code 1033 (or any other error codes for that matter), but only on laptops: and requires the user to hold down the power button on the laptop until it restarts itself. On most models of laptops, this takes ten seconds to power off and ten to begin the boot process.

cold restart or a hard reboot

The Action Center Maintenance Report Graph

2. Use The Action Centre

To view possible fail points in your system, navigate to Control Panel >> System And Security >> Security And Maintenance >> Reliability Monitor. This will show you things like application failures, windows failures, and more.

Action Centre

3. Try Using System Restore

System restore will put your computer or laptop back in time to a restore point (that you have hopefully created or one that your computer has created automatically).

This can reverse installations and deletions of software and/ or files, and even reverse changes made to the registry, providing a potential fix to error 1033 and more blue screen error codes.

To go to system restore options, navigate to Settings >> System >> About >> System Properties >> System Protection >> System Restore.

Here you will get options to create a restore point, or go back to a restore point.

Using System Restore

The Windows 11 Uninstall Apps Section

4. Rollback recent drivers and software manually

If you have not created a system restore point and if your computer has not automatically done so for you either, the next best way forward is to remove recent programs from your computer manually.

Do this by navigating to Settings >> Apps >> Apps And Features >> Add or Remove Programs on newer versions of windows and to Start >> Search >> Uninstall Programs on older versions of windows.

If you have installed any drivers (say for a graphics card, remove these by navigating to Start >> Device Manager >> [related device] >> Right Click >> Properties >> Drivers >> Roll Back Drivers and remove whatever you recently installed.

This section will look something like this:

Rollback recent drivers

The Driver Rollback Section

How Do You Recover Data After A BSOD Error?

The above solutions will very likely have fixed your error 1033 and other blue screen error codes, but there is still a possibility that it hasn’t. In this case, it is now time to seek professional help to recover your computer, which your local repair shop or warranty center should be able to handle just fine.

In the process of self-troubleshooting, or even with professional repair, there is a chance that you might lose some of your data, which can be recovered by using professional software, such as the Windows data Recovery Tool offered by Stellar Data Recovery.

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This tool recovers files and data from corrupted, damaged, and encrypted storage media across Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11, and allows users to preview exactly what they will get before purchasing an export license.

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Stellar Data Recovery has a stellar track record too: it has over 3 million users in over 190 countries, and has been in the industry for over 25 years.

Even if the software cannot recover your data, you can always reach out to the expert lab technicians at Stellar to try and attempt physical recovery of your drives, but this is a rare situation.

Recover Data After A BSOD Error

Also Read: How to Evaluate Free Data Recovery Software for Windows 11?

Blue screen error codes are something that send users into a panicked flurry whenever they appear. 

On top of that, everyone instantly and hysterically assumes that their computers have died, whenever they encounter something like the fairly common blue screen 1033 error.

The root of this problem is that not many people are aware of why the errors crop up in the first place (you read that right: there are many different types of blue screen error codes), but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on the blue screen 1033 error.

That said, the fixes in this article should work like a charm to fix most kinds of error codes, so it is definitely worth your while trying them out if you are facing any of these error codes.

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