After updating Skype to the latest available version your computer displays a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), followed by an error, “Skype can’t connect”.

Disable Automatic Updating

Prevent your computer from automatically updating Skype to the latest available release.

Find the Automatic Updates > Turn off automatic updates under the Advanced tab in the Options dialog.

Open that dialog from the Tools in the main menu.

Install Generic Microsoft Webcam Drivers

You may encounter BSOD after updating Skype if you’ve HP Drivers installed.

Just remove them using Device Manager (Ctrl + X); or Programs & Features (Control Panel), perform a hard reboot, and then install generic Microsoft webcam drivers.

Disable Hardware Acceleration

Go to Microsoft DirectX Diagnostic Tool using the DxDiag command. 

If the Hardware Acceleration feature is enabled, turn it off using the slider in the Display tab. 

Disable Skype Startup Entry

Using Microsoft System Configuration utility > Startup tab, disable the Skype startup entry. 

Repair Broken Registry

Another smart way to fix Skype errors is to fix broken registry entries through the RegInOut System Utilities. 

You can download it here: Fix Skype BSOD. Verify Drivers Check if any unsigned drivers were installed.

An unsigned video driver causes BSOD after updating Skype. 

Use Driver Verifier Manager using the “verifier” command and then automatically select unsigned drivers by creating standard settings, as instructed in the new wizard.

Restore Default Language

Perhaps your language files are corrupted. Set the default language English (United States) from Tools menu > Change language sub-menu. 

Disable Using Default Ports

As default Skype is configured to use default ports – Port 80 and Port 443, for additional incoming connections.

Uncheck that checkbox under the Connection category under the Advanced tab in the Skype Options dialog box.

Sign in with a Different Profile

There may be issues with the Skype account.

Sign out from the Skype menu in the main menu, and then sign in using a different user account.

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