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Solved: critical process died BSOD on Windows 10 April 2018 update !!!

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The critical process died windows 10 blue screen error which also known for its bug check error code of “0x000000EF”. Having this problem on your computer indicates that your Windows OS having some trouble to proceed one or more of your system’s process. If the processor is unable to process these multiple processes properly, it generates the CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD error. Sometimes this error can be quite critical as it could damage your hard disk, memory or in rare circumstances, your processor.




On Otherwords Windows 10  Critical Process Died Blue Screen Error occurs when a process which is needed to run the Windows operating system ends. The thing about this error is that the process which couldn’t start could be any one of the many processes. It may have to do with the hard drive, the RAM, the processor, or something else. This blue screen error may appear anytime. Normally, It will come with the following message.

“Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you. (0% complete) If you’d like to know more, you search online later for this error: CRITICAL PROCESS DIED”

Why critical process died windows 10 BSOD Error?

From the name of the error, one can make out that One of the many Processes required for the Windows to Run have ended and thus the Blue screen. There are plenty of reasons for this BSOD.

Bad device drivers on misconfigured Windows service: The most common cause of this error is a Windows service that encounters a serious error on startup, or a misconfigured or buggy device driver that crashes on startup.

A damaged system driver could also be a cause of this error. This may happen because of virus attacks, power outages or disk write errors.

Compatibility issue: When upgrading a new system, the hardware or drivers are not upgraded, and the compatibility issue appears. So your computer is always restarted and not perform well.

RAM issue: When there is something wrong in the memory, the blue screen or 0x000000ef error will occur.

System files are corrupted or modified: If you need to restart your computer again and again, it may be because of the corrupted or modified files.

Disk has bad sectors: after you use a hard drive for a long time, there may be some bad sectors in this disk. And it may cause this problem.

Fix critical process died windows 10 Blue Screen 

You may see blue screen with this error name when you try to login into windows. The system may crash frequently and show this CRITICAL PROCESS DIED windows 10 BSOD error. Windows may stuck any point and keyboard or mouse may not respond properly. System may not run any specific programs Show error codes. Here Fallow Bellow Steps To fix This Critical Process Died Blue Screen Error.




Disconnect non-essential hardware

First of all remove all external devices connected to your computer including secondary monitors, printers, phones, external hard drives and other USB devices (you only need your mouse, keyboard and main monitor) and try to start windows normally check If there is no more BSOD error Then one of your devices causing the issue. Find out the problematic device by attach them one by one and check the same with another computer.

Sometimes after simple restart windows start normally but some other users windows frequently restart with this BSOD error. That cause you need to Boot into safe mode to apply solutions below to fix this windows 10 critical process died loop.

Uninstall the Latest Installed Software

If you recently installed new software on your computer, And then after the problem started simply try uninstalling it. Go to Start > type Control Panel > select the program(s) recently added > click Uninstall.

Run blue screen Troubleshooter 

If you are running the Creators Update or later, Microsoft has got you covered in case a Windows 10 BSOD occurs. You can fix the blue screen of the death using the built-in troubleshooter. Go to Settings > Update and security > Troubleshoot. Click on blue screen under find and fix other problems. Now Run The troubleshooter and follow on-screen instructions to let windows check and fix common BSOD problems which prevent windows start normally.

Run blue screen Troubleshooter 
Run blue screen Troubleshooter

Disable Fast Startup Feature

A number of Windows users report on Microsoft forum / Reddit Disable Fast Startup Feature Fix Most of the blue Screen Error For them. Fast Startup ( hybrid Shutdown Feature ) Which Reduce the startup time and make windows start faster. But Some Times fast Startup feature Cause different Problems. So We recommend just disable The Fast startup Feature to prevent feature BSOD error on windows 10.

To Disable Fast Startup Feature open Control panel change, change View by to Large Icon and click on power options. Next click on Choose What the Power Buttons Do and click on Change Settings that are Currently Unavailable. Here uncheck Turn on Fast Startup option ( recommended ) to disable Fast Startup Feature.

Turn off Fast Startup on windows 10
Turn off Fast Startup on windows 10

Update Device Driver (especially Display Driver)

An inaccurately installed or defected driver can lead to system crashes. Download the latest drivers from your PC manufacturer’s website and install them – this may solve BSODs caused by driver issues.




To update / reinstall device driver ( for ex Display /graphics driver ) open Device manager ( Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc and ok ). Then expend display adapter, right click on installed display driver right click and select update. follow on screen instructions to let windows search and install latest driver on your computer.

update display driver
update display driver

( if you are in safe mode you may be not connected to the internet, where windows unable to do download latest driver form update database ).

That cause simply visit device manufacturer website on the different computer and download the latest available driver for your problematic PC. Now move to problematic PC open device manager expend display adapter, Right click on display driver and select uninstall. Click ok to confirm and restart windows. On next start install the latest driver you downloaded from the manufacturer website.

Scan and Fix Damaged System Files

When critical process died windows 10 BSOD Error occurs, it is possible to be due to the corrupted system files or missing system files. In this case, you can use SFC /Scannow command to check file system. If this System File Checker finds out the protected files are overwritten by incorrect files. It will extract the correct system file from the system file backup (namely dllcache) and replace the incorrect file. This command is useful to repair system files, and you can do the following steps.

First of all, you will have to Open Command Prompt as Admin. And Type “sfc /scannow” and hit enter.

Run System file Checker Tool
Run System file Checker Tool

This will take 15-20 minutes to Complete so sit back tight.
Once finished you will be able to see if any issue was found in system files and if found, were they solved or not. That is it, Now reboot your PC and you should not see critical process died windows 10 BSOD Error if Corrupt system files were really the reason.

DISM to Repair Corrupted System Image

If sfc /scannow command is unable to repair the corrupted system files, you can run DISM command to repair Windows system image. In Windows 10, there is a command-line utility known as Deployment Image Servicing and Management and it is also called DISM. You’d better run the command prompt as administrator to repair system image.

On command prompt window Type : DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restorehealth command
DISM restorehealth command

DISM command with the /ScanHealth switches to scan the Windows image for any corruption. Unlike the /CheckHealth, the /ScanHealth switch can take up to 10 minutes to complete the process.

Fixing Hardware Issue ( Memory Management Tool)

If you still suffering from this problem after doing all repairing kinds of stuff for your windows. Then it’s possible your computers ram might be got faulty. For this, you can use the windows memory diagnostic Tool to check your computer memory for Problems.

windows memory diagnostic tool

Use System Restore point

Restore Points proves to be very useful in situations like this. This Method is only useful for you if you already have a Restore point Created in the past. When your PC was Running Smooth as Butter.
For those who already have a Restore point created, Read How To Perform System Restore to Fix CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Blue Screen error on windows 10.

Refresh or Reinstall Windows

If nothing works from the things mentioned above, then you might very well be forced to Refresh or Reinstall Windows.  Refreshing Windows will keep your Personal data, but your base operating system will be reinstalled.

Reinstalling Windows will Remove Everything from your System Drive, which in most case is C Drive. So you better take a backup of anything present in your C drive. This Option Pretty much guarantees to Solve critical process died windows 10  Blue screen error.

To Refresh your PC, Simply Mouse hover on the right corner of your screen, Click on Settings > Change PC Settings > Update and Recovery > Recovery. Click Get Started just below “Refresh your PC without affecting your Files”. Read How To Refresh or Reinstall windows 10

These are some best solutions to fix critical process died windows 10 blue Screen error, Windows 10 error code critical_process_died. Have any query, suggestion feel free to comment below.

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