Windows 10 blue screen critical process died
What is “Windows 10 blue screen critical process died?”
“Windows 10 blue screen critical process died” is a blue screen error message that usually occurs when a process that is needed to boot the systems has stopped responding. Normally, this error occurs after a system upgrade or during new installation in PCs.
How can you fix “Windows 10 blue screen critical process died?”
Some of the solutions to this error include uninstalling the corrupt driver, fixing the registry, testing the hardware, and reinstalling Windows.
Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.
Solution 1. Uninstall corrupt driver or Windows update
“Windows 10 blue screen critical process died” may be due to a recently installed driver or update which caused incompatibility with the hardware. Uninstalling it may help. If the “critical process died” appears before it reaches Windows desktop, you may want to access Safe mode using a Windows 10 bootable device or use the guide below.
Accessing Safe mode on a Startup loop
Accessing Safe mode from Desktop
Solution 2. Fix the registry
“Windows 10 blue screen critical process died” may also be due to a corrupt or missing registry. It may be caused by more than one conflicting drivers, accidentally changed or deleted registry, or a third-party software malfunction. To fix or recover registry, it is advisable to use Windows 10 Reset function. The Windows 10 Reset lets your file protected by using the “Keep my file” reset function. The first video in solution shows how to reset Windows 10.
Solution 3. Test Hardware
“Windows 10 blue screen critical process died” may also be due to faulty, semi-detached or dusty hardware. You may want to check the hardware one by one. If you recently installed a new hardware, it could be the cause. Remove it and test. If the error persists, see process below.
- Power down the PC.
- Remove it from the power source.
- Open the case and clean it from dust.
- Make sure CPU, power supply and graphics card fan are working.
- Test if the cause was overheating due to dust clogged ventilation or fun not working. If the test failed procced with the next step.
- Reconnect all peripherals such as CMOS battery, hard disk drive, memory, power cables, and graphics card then test it again.
- Proceed by testing hardware one by one. See the guides below. Use other working PC when testing hardware.
If a part failed in a test claim for warranty or replace it.
Hard disk drive HDD test using Check Disk
NOTE: Use other working PC for hard disk test
To test Memory/RAM, please see link here.
Test Graphics card
To test a Graphics card, please see this YouTube video tutorial here.
Test hardware using BurnInTest
BurnInTest is a software tool that is used to stress the major parts of the computer for endurance, reliability, and stability. Parts include the processor, hard disk drive and memory. To use BurInTest see this YouTube video here.
If the error persists, please install new Windows.
Solution 4. Reinstall Windows
If all the components are in good condition but “Windows 10 blue screen critical process died” persists, it may be caused by your operating system. To solve the blue screen problem you may need to reset Windows 10 using the Reset “Remove everything” function, see the first video tutorial in solution 1 on how to reset Windows 10. If the error keeps on appearing reinstalling Windows 10 may help. A video is provided below how to install Windows 10.