New restart screen in Windows 8. A clearer version of the black screen of death. It still looks to me like a beta screen though… What do you guys think? Is this something that looks like it will make it into the finished version? are speculating that Microsoft may have switched from the Blue Screen of Death on prior operating systems to a Black Screen of death on Windows 8. The last time Microsoft used a Black Screen of death was in Windows 3.x when DOS based apps failed to execute correctly.. Source