It is/was designed to let users know that a more serious error has occurred.
Red Screen of Death is a nickname for the error message which existed in some beta versions of Vista.
It was dropped in Beta 1 (Build 5112) of Windows Vista for all errors except boot loader errors.
Long Live the Red Screen of Death!
This boot screen was created by Sam
Do not modify, distribute, or reproduce this work without my consent.
-Take ownership of %SystemRoot%\WINDOWS\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui
-Rename %SystemRoot%\WINDOWS\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui to 'winload.exe.mui.bak'
-Drag the included winload.exe.mui into %SystemRoot%\WINDOWS\System32\en-US\
-Open the Start Menu and go to run (or Windows+R on your keyboard) and type in "msconfig" without the quotes.
-Go to the Boot tab and check the "No GUI Boot" option.
-Click Apply, OK, then Restart.
-Voila, instant RSOD.
Edited by Nvyseal, 05 March 2010 - 05:23 PM.