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Fix critical process died windows 10 Blue Screen Error

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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 fully indicates that your windows operating system 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 error. Sometimes this error can be quite critical as it could damage your hard disk, memory or in rare circumstances, your processor. The Critical Process Died 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 any time. 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”

windows 10 error code critical process died happens because the process which was needed to run the Windows operating system ended abruptly for some reason. Most of the time this error makes your computer or laptop fully unusable and you’ll start to getting this problem in the middle of your windows opening when every time you’ve starts your computer.

This error occurs on Windows startup when a key Windows system process fails to run properly. This can be caused by system file corruption, incorrect device drivers, or damaged file system.

Reasons for 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 restart 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 

This BSOD may prevents you to access your windows or do anything in windows. Here are some symptoms :

You may see blue screen with this error name when you try to login into windows. 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.

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Boot your PC in safe mode

Safe Mode is an inbuilt troubleshooting feature which disables unnecessary drivers and programs during the startup process. Windows 10 Safe Mode loads the operating system with a minimal set of system files and device drivers  just enough to boot the Windows OS. In Safe Mode, the startup programs, add-ons, etc, do not run.

Read How To Boot Windows 10 and 8.1 in Safe Mode.

After Start the system in Safe Mode Uninstall the Latest Installed Software

In your computer, you may have installed some software with virus. And perhaps the virus attack cause this error. So please uninstall the latest software installation.

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. Press Windows + X or Right Click on Start Button to Click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Now Type “sfc /scannow” and hit enter.

Repair Corrupted system files using sfc scannow

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 to fix 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 command prompt as administrator to repair system image.

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

DISM to Repair Corrupted System Image

DISM command with the /ScanHealth switch 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

Read How To Run Memory Diagnose Tool To Fix Memory Problems

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

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