In windows operating system, there is one sort of error which is extremely irritating to encounter, BSOD. Various reasons can actually trigger this error. The issues include hardware and software problems.
So in this article, we will be talking about BSOD problems induced by the Critical process died error in Windows 10.
The Critical process died issue is fundamentally induced when a critical segment of Windows discovers that data has been revised when it should not have been done.
This component can be a bad driver, a memory error, etc. Majority of the time, this problem happens suddenly when a user is working on the computer. But luckily, there are ways to solve this issue.
Let us first see when does this problem generally occur.
1. Critical Process Died after update- This problem may happen right after someone has installed the latest Windows updates on their PCs or upgraded their OS.
2. Critical Process Died after sleep- There are times when users have faced this error when they wake their PCs from sleep. Instead of being able to use their machine and resume their work, their machine just stops working.
3. Critical Process Died after login - While logging in, the users will be able to enter their password but the moment they click to log-in, in about 30 seconds they will see a blue screen appearing which will show this error code.
4. Critical Process Died while gaming - People who play games regularly on their Windows PC they are aware of this error, as it is very common for Windows PC as far as gaming is concerned.
5. Critical Process Died Windows 10 loop - this problem can at times generate reboot loops, blocking users from using their PCs properly.
6. Critical Process Died Unexpected Store Exception - This error is pretty rare, but they have been many such reported cases by users. It might not seem a huge problem, but it is actually severe one.
7. Critical Process Died after overclock - If you overclock your machine to improve the graphics or gaming performances, you must also be aware of the fact that it can affect your PC by generating BSOD problems.
8. Critical Process Died on startup — There have been many users who have reported to face this problem after booting their machines. After the boot takes place, in about 60 seconds they have found this error message popping up on the blue screen.
Now that we have understood the ways in which this problem can be seen on our Windows 10 PCs, let us look at the top 8 solutions to the "Critical Process Died” Error on Windows 10.
Critical process died – Run an SFC scan
Applying an SFC scan is one of the easiest ways out when it comes to solving any windows related problem. But, it is not so often that it works out positively. Luckily, when it comes to solving the “Critical Process Died” Error, running the SFC scan may actually very effective. The sole reason is that it repairs system files.
If you remember at the beginning of this article, I mentioned that corrupted or changed system files are the main reason why this problem occurs.
In case you are not aware of the procedure of running the SFC scan, just simply follow these steps :
1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and select the Command Prompt option (Admin).
2. Type this line and press the enter key: sfc/scannow
3. This process may take more than a couple of minutes so you will have to wait patiently.
Once this process has been completed, just restart your system and check whether you are still getting the ‘Critical process died’ error which is causing BSODs. If not, then your problem is solved. If you are still getting this error, we have alternate measures for you.
Solution 2 – Run a full system antivirus scan
Malicious software sometimes has the ability to modify your system files. It always doesn't need to be a dangerous virus, even a spyware or an adware can cause damage to your system files.
Once the SFC scan didn't work on your computer and was not able to solve the ‘Critical process died’ error, then just proceed and do a complete scan of your entire system using an antivirus software to check whether there is any malware, if there is then it will be removed by your antivirus software. You can use Windows’ built-in antivirus, Windows Defender, or third-party antivirus solutions.
Here’s the procedure to run a full system scan on Windows 10 Creators Update:
1. Go to Start and type ‘defender’ and then double click on Windows Defender to launch the tool.
2. In the left-hand pane, select the shield icon.
3. In the following window, click on the Advanced scan option.
4. Click the full scan option to start a full system malware scan.
Solution 3 – Uninstall the latest updates
There have been many users who have reported that updating to the latest Windows 10 updates have arrived on their PCs with ‘Critical process died’ error. In case, the combined update is the one which is causing you the problem then you can follow these steps and uninstall the latest update.
1. Go to Settings and navigate to Windows Update.
2. Select the ‘Update history’ button.
3. Go to Uninstall Updates.
4. Choose the update(s) that you want to uninstall and click Uninstall.
Solution 4: latest driver updates downloading
The aforementioned Windows 10 error of ‘Critical process died’ can supposedly be caused by the drivers which use memory in a very-very wrong way or also, all the bad drivers.
The easiest and the better solution for fixing this error and other blue screen errors is Windows update, through which you can download and install all the latest and new updates.
It’s recommended for you to install them because almost all of these updates fix both the issues of our system's hardware and software.
Along with the latest updates, please try downloading and installing the latest drivers as well. One of the main causes of this error is your outdated drivers which are needed to be updated timely.
You should search for the one outdated driver and update it but in case, you do not find that driver which is causing all the problem please update all the drivers.
Go to the Device Manager, and check if all the drivers you have are up-to-date and appropriate with Windows 10. So, we highly recommend you to use Windows Update or the third-party driver update software.
Solution 5: Clean boot your computer
Windows; started with a clean boot uses lesser or minimal set of startup programs and drivers to minimalize all the software struggle which is occurring every time when you are installing a new program or an update or when you are simply just launching a program instead.
If you have a Windows 10 system, here we have provided you with all the steps to clean boot your Windows 10-
1. Search for the 'search box', type 'System Configuration' in the box and hit enter for the option.
2. Now you will see the 'Services tab'. On this tab select the option given in the checkbox, 'Hide all Microsoft services', then click on the option for 'Disable all'.
3. Click and choose the 'Open Task Manager', on the 'Startup tab'.
4. On the Startup tab in Task Manager >then select all items > and lastly click on the option for Disable.
5. Close the 'Task Manager'. In the System Configuration dialog box, on the startup tab, now click OK to reboot your system.
Solution 6: Check your disk for errors
Using Command Prompt nowadays, Windows can run a disk check.
Type chkdsk C: /f and tap enter, starting the Command Prompt as an administrator. Replace the letter C, with the letter of your hard drive partition.
As one immediate reminder, if you do not use the /f parameter, chkdsk comes up with a message that the file needs to be fixed, but that does not anyway fix the errors. The chkdsk D: /f command identifies and fixes all the logical issues affecting your drive. To repair physical issues also, please run the /r parameter as well.
Solution 7: To fix Windows 10’s system image, run DISM
1. select and open the Command Prompt as an Administrator
2. Type the following command:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
3. Hit the Enter button to run the command.
4. Wait for the scan. The procedure can take 10 minutes or more to complete, sometimes even longer. If you see the progress bar getting stuck on 20%, please chill and have faith, that’s perfectly normal.
5. After the DISM scan is completed, reboot your system again.
Also, in computing, you can try out with the given solutions as well-
1. Mount your Windows 10 .iso file by double-clicking the .iso file
2. Click, choose and open Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator.
3. Check for your system's strength by running these commands:
4. Run this command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
Replace the letter, X with the drive letter where your Windows 10 ISO is mounted.
Solution 8 — Run System Restore
In case you recently started facing this problem, run System Restore. This tool helps you to remove recently added apps and programs, which may have triggered this problem.
The System Restore option enables you to return the earlier fine-performing system arrangement without wasting any files.
You just need to follow these steps :
1. Go to Settings and choose Update & Security.
2. Click on Recovery in the left pane.
3. Click on Get Started with Reset this PC
4. Choose to Keep your files.
5. Do according to the on-screen guidance to finish the reset.