VertrigoServ Causes “Blue Screen Of Death” On Windows Vista « John Raul dot Com

VertrigoServ Causes “Blue Screen Of Death” On Windows Vista

4 August, 2008 | 10 comments | Published under Blog | 8,306 views

My patience has finally run out with the most hailed, highly professional freeware web server environment package I’ve been using for ages. In lieu with my one year length work at home as webmaster (one many hats I wear), I’ve been suffering the dreaded  “blue screen of death” (BSOD) randomly since I first used VertrigoServ on Windows Vista Home Premium. In fact, the BSOD I experienced from using VertrigoServ is the first I’ve ever seen on Windows Vista. And guess what it’s not fun.

Why I Love VertrigoServ Ever Since

As a webmaster, web developer and web designer, it is easy to fall in love with VertrigoServ web server environment in the first place. It is very lightweight, professional and easy to use with up-to-date components. As of this writing, I am using the latest version, VertrigoServ 2.21.  It comprises fully-functional, up-to-date components that include:

  • Apache 2.0.63
  • PHP 5.2.6
  • MySQL 5.0.51b
  • SQLite 3.5.9
  • Smarty 2.6.19
  • PhpMyAdmin 2.11.7
  • ZendOptimizer 3.3.3 and
  • SQLiteManager 1.2.0

And Why I Am Starting To Dislike It

I’ve been using VertrigoServ for more than a year and been happy with it when I was still working on my old personal computer running Windows XP Professional operating system. VertrigoServ’s web server environment is very stable and fast, outperforming Apache2Triad that I’ve known since my university days. VertrigoServ web server package features an easy to use, minimalistic user interface perfect for both beginners and advanced users. Now enough with good things, when I moved to Windows Vista Home Premium, VertrigoServ started to crash randomly showing the worst, disappointing and most dreaded Microsoft operating system screen — the “blue screen of death” or BSOD. And it is a puzzling problem since sometimes VertrigoServ loads successfully and sometimes not.

I just hope that this blog post will reach the developers behind VertrigoServ and will work to make their product more friendly and compatible with Windows Vista. Lots of avid users like me are using it and waiting for the beloved fix. I hope they would act soon before I decide to uninstall it due to annoyance. For now, I will stretch my patience.



What are you using the server for anyway? Web Site testing?

When I ran my server, I installed all them things individually. The server ran flawlessly.

If it wasn’t due to the fact that (at the time) my ISP’s upload speeds were just at 1MB/s and it was on my personal computer and it shared my regular use and internet habits, and that I didn’t have any power backup if the power went out, I would host all my sites.

Fortunately I have the Rudolf Plan with THC and have the plan for life and never have to pay a cent any more, so hosting isn’t an issue.

If I ever get back into serious web site development/design, I’ll have to look up this server since I don’t think I’ll have the patience to install all the components one by one again.

John Raul II

Yes, I use local server on my PC to develop websites in PHP and MySQL. It’s faster this way. It’s not possible for me to develop sites directly on remote web server because it’s slower.


hey john, im trying to start a wireless company and have read good reviews about the VertrigoServ program to manage web caching. I believe that would help me greatly to run my wireless network having those pages cached on my server. I have installed it but am a bit stumped as to how to configure it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


This problem has plagued me for awhile now. I am also fed up… i might switch to wampserver soon.

Have you found any solutions for this problem?


I found something on the web that works, you can follow these steps

@ the startup screen DON’T press the hide window & start server button. That will give you the bluescreen.

instead press program links under settings

@ the nextwindow press save settings & restart server.

It’s not perfect but it’ll work.


Have you tried typping “Win32DisableAcceptEx” at the first line of httpd.conf?
It solved my Blue Screen of Dead problem at Vista.

See ya.


try disable UAC and install in C://Vertrigoserv and NO in C://Program File/… ang work perfect!!!!

I’m very happy to resolve this i had BSOD too!!!! :)


@Ray Awesome – it works!

And it works ok untill I do a windows update. Apparently there’s something being overwritten on some updates, that saving settings restores.

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