How to Fix windows 10 Critical Process Died.

windows 10 critical process died

There is no doubt that Windows 10 is the best operating system of Microsoft. But, we can’t deny that users are facing certain issues in form of Errors. Over 50% of users are facing “getting windows ready” error. Which you can resolve, but recently many users are facing “windows 10 critical process died” Error. Even, my HP laptop got shut down suddenly and started showing a “critical_process_died” error. If you’re facing a similar issue with your Windows 10 PC or laptop, then read the complete article to find out solutions. I have solved this Error, without losing data.

What is the “critical process died” error, and why this error occurs?.

‘Critical process died’ error is the part of Windows BSOD (Blue screen of death), also known as the stop codes. This kind of error indicates crash and system conflicts. The error occurs when a critical component of the computer detects that, data has been modified.

Certain error cause.

Driver Issue – If recently, you have installed any driver. Then chances are high that issue is occurring because of it. Everyone likes to stay updated, and we use third-party driver updater. And sometimes, driver updater software installs bad or incompatible driver software. That leads to critical_process_died error. Because new driver software tries to make changes in the device.

Virus Attack – As I have mentioned before, this error occurs, when a critical component detects changes. And, Windows 10 is famous for security, and when Windows detects unnecessary changes, it crashes our System. And, shows us the BSOD with an error code 0x000000EF.

Unwanted system changes – If recently, you have tried to shut down any important process. Or, you have made some system changes, then this error is quite normal. Personally, I got this error, because I tried to stop, an important windows service.


Power supply issue or external device issue. – It could be possible that, because of some faulty device, this error is coming. Although, if the external device gets faulty, then the BSOD error code will be different. But still, I suggest you, to try removing the external device if error coming in the loop. (Try removing power supply also if you’re using the laptop.)

CPU Overclocking or Overheating. – CPU OverClocking is the process of configuring CPU multiplier higher to speed up your processor. If you have done this, then due to the OverHeating, the system is showing this Error. This error can also occur when if you’re playing a game, which is not compatible with your PC.

There could be many other causes behind the ‘Windows 10 critical process died” error. Software bugs, memory driver, ram issue, system file corrupted, bad sectors in disk and compatibility issues. I can understand, you just want to fix this problem. You’re not interested to understand the causes behind the critical-process-died error. So without telling you about more causes, here are the solutions which you can try. Although, if you can find out the exact cause by reading the above part of the article. Then, you don’t need to try all the solutions, you can try the specific solution.


Fix “Windows 10 critical process died” Error.

Run a Virus Scan through Windows Defender.

Let’s start this list with a small solution. Sometimes the big problem can be got resolved, with a simple solution. If you have turned off your Antivirus program due to some reason. Then it could be possible your PC is under virus or malware attack. And, that’s why you’re facing “critical_process_died” screen. Windows 10, comes with Windows Defender program. That works similarly to anti-malware and antivirus programs.

If you’re able to access Windows after the BSOD screen. Then open Windows Defender or any other antivirus that you’re using. And, first turn on “real-time protection”, if it’s Off. After turning it on, perform a full Computer Scan. But, if this BSOD error coming in the loop, then you need to open Windows in safe mode.Virus Scan through Windows Defender

Safe mode will allow opening essential service and program, and the defender is part of it. You can enable safe mode, by pressing “F8 key” when Computers turning on.

Use the Driver Verifier Manager.

As I mentioned before, it could be possible that the error screen is coming due to driver related issues. Sometimes when the device doesn’t work properly. We usually try to update the driver, and sometimes we use driver updater software. Some driver updater software uses the unsigned driver, which leads to BSOD errors. Always download the driver from the official website or use the device manager. But, if you have downloaded the driver from the wrong source, then you need to find out it, and uninstall it.

Windows comes with “Driver Verifier Manager”, which allows monitoring graphics and kernel drivers. And, also detect actions, which are crashing your system.

  • To launch “Driver Verifier Manager”, First, an open run window by pressing Win + R keys.
  • Type verifier in the Run window and press enter. Now, the driver will window will get appear, Select “Create standard settings” option. Click on next, and on the next window, you can choose from different settings to verify the driver.

Driver Verifier Manager

If you don’t know what are these option are, then select an option and you”ll able to see the description of it. If you found any driver that is crashing your system, then uninstall it from the device manager. If the problem not with the driver, and “Windows 10 critical process died” error still occurs. Then, try our next solution to fix this error permanently.

Uninstall recently installed updates.

According to some forums, users are telling that after installing Windows Update this error screen occurs. So, if you have installed any Windows update recently, then you need to uninstall it to fix this issue.

Open Settings App in Windows 10 > Go to “update & security” > Click on view installed update history > uninstall updates.

After clicking on the uninstall update option, the Control panel window will get open. To uninstall any recent update right-click on it and choose the “uninstall” option.Uninstall Recent Updates - Getting Windows Ready

Microsoft releases cumulative updates every month, which consists of the previous update. And, sometimes these updates cause BSOD’s error like “critical process dies windows 10”. If the error is coming in the loop, and you’re unable to access windows. Then, you can enable safe mode and can uninstall the update.

Perform an SFC Scan.

In Windows, a System file checker is known as SFC. If “Windows 10 critical process died” error is coming due to corrupted system files. Then, this is the best solution, which you can try to fix this problem. It not only detects missing or corrupted system files but also repairs those files. Overall, the SFC scan is helpful when the system misbehaves or crash.

To perform an SFC Scan, open Command Prompt or Windows Powershell (Admin).
Now, type the following command and press Enter.

sfc /scannowSFC Scan

The whole scan process will take time, so don’t turn off the computer. And, restart your Computer once, when the process gets completed.

Use DISM Tool.

In Windows, Deployment Image Servicing and management tool known as DISM. If you have installed windows recently, and facing “Windows 10 critical process died” Error. Then, this tool is going to help you to address issues. It also helps to repair the Windows recovery image. If the SFC scan doesn’t resolve your problem, then this tool can.

Open Command Prompt (or Windows Powershell) and enter the following command, and then press enter.

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealthUse DISM in CMD

It takes a few minutes to start scanning, so don’t close the CMD window.

Perform a clean boot.

If an error is coming due to some software conflicts or driver issues, then clean boot can solve the error. A clean boot uses a minimal set of drivers, and an important startup program to run Windows. If “critical process died BSOD” is coming within a few minutes after Windows get started. Then this is the best way to eliminate that error. And, you can try another solution to fix the issue permanently.

Step: 1 Press Windows + R key and open run Window, In Run Window, enter ‘MSConfig’ and press enter.

Step: 2 In the general tab, choose ‘selective startup’ and unmark or deselect ‘load startup items’ option.Perform a clean boot

Step: 3 Go to services tab and mark “Hide all Microsoft services” option, and then click on disable all.Hide all microsoft services

Step: 4 After that go to the disable tab and then click on “Open task manager”. Now, in task manager, disable all startup services. Click on OK, and then restart your computer.

Restore or RESET Windows.

If nothing works, and this problem or “windows 10 critical process died” error started recently. Then the best way to fix this problem is to restore Windows using a backup.

How to use Windows System Restore?.

Step: 1 Click on Start button and search for “system restore”, now click on “create a system restore”.

Step: 2 Now in the system protection tab, you will able to see the “System Restore” option. Click on it and the system restore wizard will get open.system restore option

But if you have never created Windows restore point or backup. Then you need to reset Windows. Which you can easily do it by going into Settings> Update & Security > Recovery > Click on “Get Started” to RESET Windows. And, if due to some reasons you’re unable to reset your Windows PC. Then, you can perform a fresh installation of Windows 10.

Summing – up. (windows 10 critical process died)

So, these are the solutions, which you can try to fix “Windows 10 stop code critical process died”. Don’t try the seven number solution at first, I mean before resetting or restoring Windows try normal solutions. Many Windows users are telling by uninstalling the recent updated and corrupted drivers, their issue got resolved. But, Still, I suggest you try all solution one by one. If you know any other better solution to fix this BSOD error then feel free to comment.