9 Ways to Overcome Critical Process Died in Windows 10

9 Ways to Overcome Critical Process Died in Windows 10

9 Ways to Overcome Critical Process Died in Windows 10

 We all know that blue screens, or what are known as BSODs, can ruin your day. There are more than 500 BSOD error codes, but the Critical Process Died Stop Code gets the most attention. In most cases BSODs are less common in Windows 10 than they were in earlier versions of the OS, but when they do occur, they're still annoying.

What is Critical Process Died

Critical processes that stop suddenly are responsible for most BSODs. You will know if you have experienced it, because you will see the error code 0x000000EF on the blue screen.

At its most basic level, the cause is simple, the background processes that Windows relies on have become corrupted. It could have stopped entirely, or the data was modified incorrectly.

Digging deeper, it becomes more difficult to pinpoint the exact problem. Everything from driver issues to memory errors can be to blame. Worse, that's where the BSOD can appear. Maybe it only happens when you play games, when you enter your operating system, when you open certain applications, or when you wake up your operating system from sleep mode.

How to Fix Critical Process Died

There are many causes that can make a critical process die occur. Let's take a closer look at how you can fix the Critical Process Died stop code in Windows 10.

1. Run Hardware And Device Troubleshooting Tool

Before we move on to more complicated solutions, let's start with the easiest one. Windows now offers a variety of dedicated troubleshooting tools. One of them is specifically designed for hardware and device problems.

To run the tool, open Settings and go to Update and Security > Troubleshoot. Scroll down and select Hardware and Devices, then click Run the troubleshooter. Your system will spend a few minutes scanning for issues and reporting back with the findings.

Hardware And Device Troubleshooting Tool

If you don't find Hardware and Devices in the Troubleshoot tool, you can open Command Prompt with admin privileges then type the command msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic then follow the instructions.

msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic

2. Run System File Checker

The next step is to run the System File Checker tool. This is a well-known utility that can repair various kinds of Windows-based aliments by repairing corrupted or incorrectly modified system files.

Actually, it's not always useful, people run it out of habit, not out of necessity. However, in the case of the 0x000000EF error code, this is a critical troubleshooting step.

To run checker you need to run Command Prompt as admin. The easiest way is to run a cmd search in Windows Search, right-click on the result, and select Run as administrator.


Once Command Prompt opens, type sfc /scannow and press Enter. The process may take a while to complete.

Once done, you will see a list of issues that appeared on the screen and the steps the scan took to resolve them. Make sure you restart your computer before continuing to work.

3. Run Antivirus Scan

The stop code could be caused by malware on your system. Malware can modify system files and processes and make them unusable. You can use the Windows Defender app or a third-party antivirus like Malwarebytes. Make sure you run an in-depth full-system scan.

4. Run the Deployment Imaging Servicing And Management Tool

If you're still experiencing errors, it's time to turn to the Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. This tool will fix a broken system.

Deployment Imaging Servicing And Management Tool

To use DISM, open Command Prompt as administrator using the steps previously described. When the app opens, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter .

The process usually takes between 10 minutes and half an hour. Don't worry if progress stops at 20 percent for a few minutes, that's normal. Once the scan is complete, restart your operating system.

5. Update Drivers

Check Windows And Driver Updates

Bad drivers are one of the most common causes of stop codes. Therefore, make sure that your drivers are always updated.

To check the status of your drivers, simultaneously click Windows key + X, select Device Manager, then look to see if any device has a yellow exclamation mark next to it.

If you encounter an exclamation point, right-click on the device in question and select Update Driver Software from the context menu.

6. Uninstall the Latest Windows Updates

If your problem has just started, the latest Windows Update could be to blame. Thankfully, it's easy to uninstall the latest update so you can see if your problem goes away.

Uninstall the Latest Windows Updates

To remove updates, open the Settings app and go to Update and Security > Windows Update > Update History > Uninstall Updates. Highlight the update you want to remove from your system, then hit the Uninstall button at the top of the window.

7. Do a Clean Boot

Clean Boot is a start-up mode that uses the minimum number of drivers, processes and programs. Once your computer is running, you can start loading the missing processes in an attempt to isolate the problem.

Clean Boot

To perform a clean boot on your computer, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

1. Open Windows search bar

2. Type System Configuration and press Enter

3. Click on the Services tab

4. Uncheck the box next to Hide all Microsoft Services

5. Click the Disable All button

6. Select the Startup tab

7. Click on Open Task Manager

8. In the new window, click on the Startup tab again

9. Deactivate all items in the list

10. Restart your computer

8. Restore System

You can try to restore your computer to a previous state using the System Restore tool. This option can only be used if you have enabled creating a restore point before the stop code problem occurred.

Windows Recovery

To use the System Restore tool, go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get Started > Keep Files and follow the onscreen instructions.

9.Update BIOS

This is the last way to fix the critical process died stop code. You can try updating your computer's BIOS. Unfortunately, there is no standard method to do it, it depends on your computer manufacturer. See your device's documentation for guidance.


So those are some ways to deal with critical process dead stop codes. If none of the steps above fix your problem, it's time for you to go to the nearest store to buy a new computer.

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