Windows Phone error confuses itself with a desktop

While we’ve all seen error messages, BSODs, PSODs and RSODs, they are becoming less and less common and frequent. And among the hundreds that you may have seen, there is always one or two that will stand out for their irrelevance or down right absurdity.

That’s exactly what has happened with Windows Phone 8. A tweet posted by F-Secure CRO Mikko Hypponen shows exactly what could easily be classed as a “WTF is going on?!” moment.

Showing what looks to be a standard Windows desktop boot error, the phone asked Hypponen the following:

Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.

Em, okay. Where? How?!

But let’s not be naïve here, this could easily be fake, a photo taken with the phone’s camera and the image displayed on screen. But WMPoweruser decided to do a bit of investigating and found that Pocket PC forum member dantist’s Lumia 920 suffered the same fate!

Dantist, real name Johnny Ruokokoski, posted this image on Wednesday and after a push by another Twitter user, Windows Phone Support got involved. You can see their tweets below.

It just goes to show the pitfalls of tinkering with your phone. While Windows Phone Support cannot provide any support to Ruokokoski, we’re sure the community will be able to help him get past this issue. And to echo The Next Web, it’s good to be able to see and prove that Windows Phone 8 runs on the NT kernel.

Source: Twitter via The Next Web | Image courtesy of The Next Web

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yowanvista said,
Hmmm.. Never had a kernel panic on Android..

Ya, and I also bet...
you never had the Android become sluggish and unresponsive
you never had an App FC on Android
you never had Android get starved for memory and randomly close essential services.

I hope you were 'trying' to be funny.

thenetavenger said,

Ya, and I also bet...
you never had the Android become sluggish and unresponsive
you never had an App FC on Android
you never had Android get starved for memory and randomly close essential services.

I hope you were 'trying' to be funny.


How cute, could be but nothing much like such a dreaded problem. Never had such things with stock Android.

yowanvista said,

How cute, could be but nothing much like such a dreaded problem. Never had such things with stock Android.

I just had Android grasping for memories as it runs out of it. Just. Now. On stock.

FarCry3r said,

I just had Android grasping for memories as it runs out of it. Just. Now. On stock.

Can't blame Android if you're using a device with insufficient RAM or a dated version of the os itself.

yowanvista said,

Yes I did

Well you failed at understanding that the error above will never be seen by normal users, so your comment of never having kernel panic on android is pretty off topic and reminiscent of a huge android-loving troll. Just to remind you, the guy was trying to flash his phone and failed.

yowanvista said,

Can't blame Android if you're using a device with insufficient RAM or a dated version of the os itself.

Oh yes you can absolutely blame Android, because Google are giving it for free and not enforcing strict hardware guidelines for good performance. Is your head really that far up the green robot's ass?

yowanvista said,

How cute, could be but nothing much like such a dreaded problem. Never had such things with stock Android.

I don't think anyone truly believes this. Either you are lying or your just forgot. Android is just an unstable OS. I'm forced to use it because I want a massive screen and the largest WP8 I can get is the Lumia 920 at 4.5".

Uplift said,
Awesome.. can't wait to get the Blue Screen of Death on my phone... not.

You won't unless you're flashing it. Any phone will display messages that the normal user will never see if they're flashing it and mess something up.

I wonder if Windows RT shares the same error screens hah!

I know for a fact that the Android and iOS trolls are now gonna feed off of this article now and feel like they're a part of a team quick to ridicule. Why take it up the bum?

Hollywood's Karo said,
I wonder if Windows RT shares the same error screens hah!

I know for a fact that the Android and iOS trolls are now gonna feed off of this article now and feel like they're a part of a team quick to ridicule. Why take it up the bum?

They are already among us. Read the posts above yours. And yes Windows RT has the same error screen.

Hollywood's Karo said,
I wonder if Windows RT shares the same error screens hah!

I know for a fact that the Android and iOS trolls are now gonna feed off of this article now and feel like they're a part of a team quick to ridicule. Why take it up the bum?

Same code, same kernel. WP8, Windows RT, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8 embedded are essentially identical and would have the same set of error screens.

Try hacking Windows RT, bypassing the UEFI and flashing the boot media incorrectly and you will find the same message. Just as you would on all versions of Windows.


(People don't really get that the WP8 running on NT and Windows RT and Windows 8 is really running the same set of code, no matter what platform or version. NT's object manager pulls registry information to identify what version it is on boot. Even Windows 8 x64 shares the same compiled binaries with Windows Server 2012.)

Ideas Man said,
Do you see the ellipses or grab handles that would be visible if he was viewing a picture?

Depends if he is using the default image viewer, anyway looking at the picture it's impossible he took a photo of a computer screen

Edited by PmRd, Jan 15 2013, 12:57pm :

It is an interesting piece of news but nothing to get so anxious about folks. Calm down Microsoft haters and just enjoy your non-Microsoft stuff. You don't need to hit the kneecaps of everyone around you like they are your opponents just because they don't use the smartphone you choose to use.

so put it simply, if window phone has all the necessary input connection, it will be like a really really mini computer in there.

With that being said, all the apps from window 8 can be used interchangeably. In a word "NICE!!!"

While Windows Phone Support cannot provide any support to Ruokokoski, we're sure the community will be able to help him get past this issue.

Not cannot, Won't.

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