How To Fix Blue Screen Of Death on Windows 10

In this article I will show you how to troubleshoot and fix all blue screen of death stop codes on windows 10.

A Windows 10 blue screen of death (BSOD) also known as stop code and system crash will happen when your system has a critical error that it does not know what to do with.

If your machine is crashing don’t worry as I will have a fix for you below.

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Random Blue Screen Crashes
Infinite Blue Screen on System Startup (Looping)
Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10
Blue Screen After Login

What Causes A Blue Screen of Death

When your machine has a critical error (also known as a stop error) your operating system does not know what to do so it crashes to a blue screen of death (Like the one shown below)

windows 10 blue screen of death

When you see this screen the only thing you can do is restart your machine.  You will also lose any unsaved work which can be very frustrating.

The main reasons for blue screen of death crashes are

  • Issue with device driver
  • Faulty hardware
  • Corrupt system files
  • Windows update
  • Virus

There are of course many more reasons which I will cover below.

Troubleshooting Blue Screen Crashes

In this section I will talk about how to troubleshoot a blue screen of death.

Most of the time when your windows 10 crashes it will tell us what caused the crash.  In the picture below we can see that HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED cause the crash.

Troubleshooting Blue Screens

If we google this error we can see that it looks like a device driver or a hardware issue.

Sometimes like in the screenshot below it will list the file that caused the crash, below we can see wdf01000.sys caused the issue. If you see a file name then 99% of the time the issue is caused by a device driver.

blue screen wdf01000_sys

Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death

There are different fixes for different types of blue screen of deaths, Click on the following link for the one you are experiencing

How To Fix Random Blue Screen Of Death Crashes Windows 10

This section will cover windows 10 blue screen that is randomly crashing when you are logged on to the desktop. The most likely cause will be an issue with a device driver.

Listed below are all the steps to resolve the blue screen of death

  1. Update Device Drivers
  2. Reinstall Device Drivers
  3. Run chkdsk : To Fix Corrupt Files
  4. Check Free Disk Space
  5. Reseat Memory Modules
  6. Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
  7. Disconnect External Devices
  8. Run Windows Updates
  9. Disable Anti-Virus
  10. Remove Recently Installed Software

1. Update Device Drivers

Nine times out of ten random crashes are caused by some sort of issue with a device driver. Updating or reinstalling the driver will fix this issue. To update your device drivers follow these steps

  1. Click the Start menu and type in Device Manager, right click and select run as administrator
  2. I recommend you start by updating the display and network driver
  3. In device manager expand display adaptors, this will show you what display driver you have in your machine. Now visit the manufacturers and download the latest version.
  4. In device manager right click on your display adaptor and select properties
    device manager
  5. Next click on “Browse my computer for driver software
    device driver update
  6. On the next screen click browse, then browse to the directory where you downloaded the updated driver to.
    device driver browse machine
  7. Click next
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for the “Network Adaptors” drivers
    update network driver
  9. Monitor your system for further crashes.  If you are still getting Bad Pool Header system crashes continue to the next step
  10. Repeat steps 4-7 for the following drivers,  Cameras, Printers, Software Devices, Sound Video and game controllers, System Devices.

If you are running windows 7 and you get the error BAD_POOL_HEADER “0x00000019 (0x00000022, 0x89c9c000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)” avipbb.sys on the blue screen then try uninstalling Avira as Avira has a know bug which causes this crash, More information.

2. Reinstall Device Drivers

If the device driver is corrupted then it is possible that upgrading the device driver will not help because the corrupted file will not be removed from your system.

To reinstall the driver follow these steps

  1. Click Start and type in Device Manager, right click and select run as administrator
  2. If you get prompted by UAC click Yes
  3. I recommend you start by reinstalling the display and network driver
  4. Expand “Display Adaptors” right click on your device and click on uninstall
    reinstall device drivers
  5. Repeat step 4 for the “Network Adaptors” driver
  6. Restart your system
  7. The drivers will now automatically get reinstalled
  8. Monitor your system for crashes, if you are still experiencing blue screens continue to the next step

3. Run chkdsk : To Fix Corrupt Files

Another cause of this issue is corrupt files.  We can easily fix corrupted files by running a chkdsk command.

  1. Click start and type in CMD right click and select run as administrator
  2. If prompted by UAC click yes
  3. In the command windows type in chkdsk C: /f /r and hit enter
    chkdsk
  4. If you are prompted to schedule the scan at next reboot hit Y and then press enter
  5. Restart your machine
  6. The scan will automatically run and fix any corrupted files it will find

4. Check Free Disk Space

It is recommended to have at least 10% free space on your C: drive, to check this do the following.

  1. Click start and type in File Explorer and click on the application
  2. Click on this PC, check that your C: drive has at least 10% free space.
    file explorer
  3. If your machine has less than 10% free space right click on your C: drive and select properties then disk cleanup
  4. go through the list of recommended things you can remove from your computer

5. Reseat Memory Modules

It is possible that one of your memory modules is not in the slot correctly. To reseat your memory module do the following

  1. Make sure your computer is turned off
  2. Remove the power cable from your computer
  3. If you are using a laptop remove the battery
  4. Locate where your memory modules are (You might need to look in your computers manual)
  5. Remove one memory module at a time and replace the memory module back in the same slot
    reseat memory modules
  6. Connect battery + power
  7. Turn your machine back on

6. Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

Windows 10 has a built in application that we can use to detect issues with the systems memory. To run this tool

  1. Click start and type in Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool right click and select run as administrator
  2. Close down any applications you might have open
  3. On the next screen click “Restart now and check for problems
    restart for memory scan
  4. Your computer will now restart and will automatically start to scan your memory
  5. The current status will be shown, if the scan finishes and it says no errors detected then move to the next step
    memory scan error
  6. If it does find errors it is probably best to replace that memory module with the error

7. Disconnect External Devices

Some times external drives connected to your system can cause the Bad_Pool_Header crashes. I recommend you remove the following from your system

  • Any USB devices you might have (USB Hubs, Storage, Printers, Scanners)
  • If you are using a USB mouse and keyboard try them in a different USB port
  • Any additional monitors
  • If this does resolve the crashes connect one device back to your system at a time so you find out which device is causing the issue

8. Run Windows Updates

Microsoft are releasing hotfixes / updates for the windows 10 operating system every month, It is possible that one of these updates will resolve the issue we are having.

To run windows updates

  1. Click start menu
  2. Click the settings button (Looks like a gear)
  3. Click Update and Security
  4. Click Windows Update tab in the sidebar
  5. Click Check for updates
  6. Your machine will now contact the Microsoft update server and will download and install any updates that are found

9. Disable Anti-Virus

Try to disable your anti-virus for a few hours to see if this stops your machine from crashing.  Your anti virus might have been updated recently with out you noticing and this is causing the issue.

I also recommend you take a look if there is an update you can install for your anti-virus software.

If you do disable your anti-virus make sure you remember to re-enable it when you are finished testing.

10. Remove Recently Installed Software

Is some recently installed software on your machine causing these Bad_Pool_Header crashes?  Just to be safe lets uninstall any software that was installed when the crashes started.  To uninstall recently installed software follow these steps

  1. Click start and type in programs
  2. click on Add or remove programs
    add remove programs
  3. Now click on sort by and select Installation date, Then take a look at the date of when software was installed.  In the example below if the crashes started on 09/04/2020 I would uninstall the three programs that were installed
    remove recently installed software
  4. After the applications have been removed reboot your machine and monitor your system

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

Infinite Blue Screen on System Startup (Looping)

In this section I will cover a windows 10 machine crashing to a blue screen on system startup and is in a constant loop.

To fix the infinite blue screen on system startup follow these steps

  1. Create The Windows 10 Recovery Disc
  2. Fix 1 : Check Disk For Errors
  3. Fix 2 : Windows 10 Bootrec Repair
  4. Fix 3 : Windows 10 Start Up Repair

1. Create The Windows 10 Recovery Disc

To create the windows 10 recovery disc follow these steps.

  1. Download the microsoft recovery tool from the link below.Windows 10 32 bit Click Here
    Windows 10 64 Bit Click Here
  2. Once the file has downloaded double click on the file, On the first window click on “Create installation media for another PC” and click next
  3. Select the required language, edition and architecture then click next
    recovery disk language
  4. Select USB flash drive or ISO File (In this guide we are going to make a usb recovery disc. Then click next
    0xc00000e usb recovery disc
  5. Enter a USB drive in to your machine (Please note we require to wipe this drive so backup any required data)
  6. Select the drive your USB is connected to and click next
  7. The tool will now download the required files and prepare your USB drive.  This process can take between 10 minutes and an hour depending on your internet connection.
    recovery disk downloading
  8. When the tool has finished close the application and remove the USB drive from your system.

2. Fix 1 : Check Disk For Errors

The firs thing I like to do to fix this error is to check the disk for errors.  To do this

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click on Command Prompt
    command-prompt
  7. In the command prompt (Black window) type in  chkdsk /f /r  and hit enter, your computer will now be scanned for corrupt files and it will resolve any issues it finds. When the scan has completed restart your machine.
    chkdsk

3. Fix 2 : Windows 10 Bootrec Repair

Next thing we are going to try is a bootrec repair. This tool will reset your windows 10 boot files.

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click on Command Prompt
    command-prompt
  7. In the command prompt (Black window) type in the following commands one by one.bootrec /repairbcd
    bootrec /osscan
    bootrec /repairmbr
  8. Once the commands have run restart your machine.

If you are still having issues continue to the next fix.

4. Fix 3 : Windows 10 Start Up Repair

We are now going to use a startup repair.  This tool will check all your windows 10 startup files (Not just the bootrec as in fix 2) and will resolve any issues it finds. To run this repair follow these steps.

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click on startup repair
  7. The windows 10 startup repair will now automatically start and will resolve any issues it finds, Expect this process to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
  8. When the repair has finished reboot your machine.

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10

If you are suffering with this issue you will see the below message every time when you start your machine.

Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10

Don’t worry we can fix this issue without reinstalling or losing any data on your machine.

What Causes Automatic Repair Loop Windows 10?

The main cause of this issue is that an operating system file that has become corrupt and is preventing windows 10 to boot correctly.  Other reasons include a hardware issue with your hard disk.

How Do I Fix The Automatic Repair Loop in Windows 10?

To resolve the automatic repair boot loop in windows 10 follow these steps

  1. At the blue screen click on advanced options
    Automatic Repair Loop
  2. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  3. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  4. On the advanced options screen click on Command Prompt
    command-prompt
  5. In the command prompt (Black window) type in  chkdsk C: /f /r  and hit enter, your computer will now be scanned for corrupt files and it will resolve any issues it finds. When the scan has completed restart your machine.
    chkdsk
  6. If you still see the automatic repair blue screen go back to the command prompt and type in these two commands
    bootrec /osscan
    bootrec /repairmbr
  7. Restart your machine.  If your system is still crashing to the automatic repair screen try the next fix
  8. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  9. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  10. On the advanced options screen click on startup repair
  11. The windows 10 startup repair will now automatically start and will resolve any issues it finds, Expect this process to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
  12. When the repair has finished reboot your machine.

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

Blue Screen After Login

If your machine is crashing to a blue screen of death strait after login this is most likely going to be caused by either a corrupt operating system file / profile or an issue with recently installed software / update.

To resolve the blue screen after login we will need to perform the following steps

  1. Create a Windows 10 Recovery Disc
  2. Run a chkdsk to fix corrupt files 
  3. Run startup repair
  4. System Restore 

Create a Windows 10 Recovery Disc

  1. Download the microsoft recovery tool from the link below.Windows 10 32 bit Click Here
    Windows 10 64 Bit Click Here
  2. Once the file has downloaded double click on the file, On the first window click on “Create installation media for another PC” and click next
  3. Select the required language, edition and architecture then click next
    recovery disk language
  4. Select USB flash drive or ISO File (In this guide we are going to make a usb recovery disc. Then click next
    0xc00000e usb recovery disc
  5. Enter a USB drive in to your machine (Please note we require to wipe this drive so backup any required data)
  6. Select the drive your USB is connected to and click next
  7. The tool will now download the required files and prepare your USB drive.  This process can take between 10 minutes and an hour depending on your internet connection.
    recovery disk downloading
  8. When the tool has finished close the application and remove the USB drive from your system.

Run a chkdsk To Fix Corrupt Files

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click on Command Prompt
    command-prompt
  7. In the command prompt (Black window) type in  chkdsk /f /r  and hit enter, your computer will now be scanned for corrupt files and it will resolve any issues it finds. When the scan has completed restart your machine.
    chkdsk

Run Startup Repair

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click on startup repair
  7. The windows 10 startup repair will now automatically start and will resolve any issues it finds, Expect this process to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
  8. When the repair has finished reboot your machine.

System Restore

If you are still having issues we can try to restore your system to a date before you were having the issue.  To do this follow these steps.

  1. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  2. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  3. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  4. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  5. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  6. On the advanced options screen click system restore
  7. Follow the prompts to select a restore point

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

Blue Screen After Windows Update

I have seen this to many times, you install the latest microsoft windows updates, reboot your machine, then boom blue screen of death.

To fix the blue screen after running windows updates do the following

  1. Allow your machine to boot up and crash at a blue screen four times, on the fourth time windows 10 will start the automatic repair application.
    preparing automatic repair
  2. Click Advanced Options
    Automatic Repair Loop
  3. Next Click Go back to the previous build
    go back to previous build
  4. Follow the prompts to restore your machine to before the updates were installed

If that didn’t work we can try a startup repair

  1. Allow your machine to boot up and crash at a blue screen four times, on the fourth time windows 10 will start the automatic repair application.
    preparing automatic repair
  2. Click Advanced Options
    Automatic Repair Loop
  3. On the advanced options screen click on startup repair
  4. The windows 10 startup repair will now automatically start and will resolve any issues it finds, Expect this process to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
  5. When the repair has finished reboot your machine.

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

Blank Blue Screen

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

Blue Screen When Connecting To Internet

Conclusion

I have gone through all the fixes I have ever implemented on machines so i am sure this will fix 99.99% of issues. If you are still having an issue please post a comment below with what you have done and give me some information about the blue screen that you are getting and I will help you out.

To Jump back to the start of Fixing Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death click here

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