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By Genesis and SheilaUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

What is Bad_pool_header error?

Bad_pool_header error is an error that usually occurs when there is a corrupted device, damaged hard disk or faulty registry entries.

How can you fix Bad_pool_header error?

Some of the solutions to this error include uninstalling the corrupt driver, fixing the registry, testing hardware, and reinstalling Windows.

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Uninstall corrupt driver

Bad_pool_header error may be caused by a newly installed driver. The driver could be corrupt or incompatible with your hardware or Windows version. Uninstalling the driver might fix the issue.

Use the instructions below to access safe mode. In safe mode, drivers are disabled, therefore you can uninstall the newly installed driver and avoid "Bad_pool_header error" from interfering with the uninstallation process. Also, if your computer cannot access Windows desktop due to "Blue Screen Bad_pool_header", you might have a chance booting in safe mode.

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2. Fix the Registry

Bad_pool_header error may also be caused by a newly installed software. The software might have changed or altered important registry and dynamic-link library (DLL).  To resolve this error, please follow the instructions below.  This is a rare case, but it may somehow be caused by unreliable software source or software, which is injected with malware.

  1. For Windows 10:

3. Test Hardware

Bad_pool_header error may also be caused by faulty or incompatible hardware.  Check your hardware to determine which of the component is causing "Blue screen error code Bad_pool_header." However, if the error occurs after you installed a new component, please remove it and check if it was the cause. 

The first thing to do is to turn off the computer and unplug the computer from the power source and then follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the computer case.
  2. Remove all RAM stick and, clean the RAM gold pin using a pencil eraser and connect it again. Make sure that you push it down enough that the retention lever or the RAM slot lock snap.
  3. Detach graphics card and other components such as a printer and network adaptor.
  4. Reconnect hard drive. If you have multiple hard drives, do not connect the secondary hard drives only the hard drive with installed Windows on it.
  5. Reset your Motherboard BIOS by removing the CMOS battery and reconnect it after 1 minute.
  6. Clean your CPU fan from dust and make sure the CPU fan cable is connected to the motherboard properly.
  7. Test the PC, turn it on. Check if the CPU fan is working if not buy a new one. If good, proceed.
  8. If it proceeds to Windows Desktop turn it off again.
  9. Reconnect graphics card, secondary hard drive, and the other components. If the error occurs, your graphics card or add-on component might be the source of the BSOD. Reconnect it one by one and until you determine whos causing the problem.
  10. If the error persists, please proceed with the hardware test below, else

HDD test using Check Disk

4. Reinstall Windows

Reinstall Windows
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If all the components are in good condition and "Bad_pool_header error" persists, please reinstall your Windows. If you encounter bad sector in the hard disk test from the Solution 3 and decide to replace the hard disk, please be guided by the instructions below on how to install a Windows.

  1. Insert the Window installation DVD or USB.
  2. A message will appear “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”, press any key to boot from the Window installation CD/DVD or USB.
  3. Select your language, time and keyboard, and click Next.
  4. Click Install Now.
  5. Click I accept the terms of the license, and then click Next.
  6. Click Custom (Advanced).
  7. Select the partition, and click Delete.
    NOTE: Delete all partition.