How to Fix Critical Process Died Stop Code in Windows 10

 February 22, 2022

By  Darrell

In this article, we will help you to fix critical process died stop code in Windows 10. There are few ways that you can try from this article to fix critical process died stop code in Windows 10. 

Windows 10 has been one of the most successful operating systems ever produced by Microsoft which have been making life easier for people around the world for years. That is because Microsoft customized Windows 10 based on user feedback/requests.

A lot of new features were added in Windows 10 OS from time to time and not only that, they have removed some which were criticized by users. There’s one problem that has been always a problem with Windows 10 operating system is system gives critical process died error stop code from time to time.

A stop code is one of the most frustrating errors when it causes a critical process to crash. This error needs to be resolved for Windows 10 to run smoothly. Crashing your computer is likely to result in BSODs or “Blue screen of death”.

This error can affect either Windows XP or Windows 10. Fixing critical process died stop code is possible, but it may not always work. These errors are less frequent in Windows 10 than they were in previous versions, but they can still be frustrating when you are working on something important. And suddenly this “blue screen of death” comes and ruins all your work resulting in the loss.

Losing your work when you doing something important is definitely something you don’t want to happen. This is why this article will explain everything about how to fix critical process died stop code in Windows 10. But before that, it would be better if you know what actually “Critical Process Died” stop code error is?

What is the “Critical Process Died” Stop Code Error?

Most BSODs are caused by a critical process that stops unexpectedly. An error code of 0x000000EF will show up on your blue crash screen if there’s some problem with your computer.

Essentially, the most common cause of this is Windows is experiencing problems due to a corrupt background process. This could be due to either its complete shutdown or a modification to its data happening in the background.

Identifying the exact problem becomes much more difficult as you dig deeper. Driver issues and memory problems are all possible causes. Additionally, there are countless scenarios in which the BSOD can occur.

If it only happens when you play games, log into your computer, open a certain application, or wake it from sleep, etc., then you don’t have to worry much. Fixing such problems would be earlier and this article will explain everything.

How to Fix Critial Process Died Stop Code Error in Windows 10?

Troubleshooting BSOD takes a series of steps because there are so many possible causes. These steps will fix Windows 10’s critical process died error. Let’s check them one by one to fix the critical process died stop code before it ruins your important work.

1. Use Hardware and Device Troubleshooting Tool

As we mentioned earlier, there are many ways that you can use to solve critical process died stop code error. Here, we will be starting with the easiest one by running Hardware and Device Troubleshooting tool. Let’s see how you can do that in the stepwise guide:

  1. Earlier, Hardware and Device Troubleshooting Tool were available in the Settings menu which was changed in a recent update. Type cmd in the Start Menu Search Bar and right-click on it to choose Command Prompt to Run it as an Administrator.
    Open Command Prompt
  2. Using the Command Prompt, enter the command msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic and press Enter on the keyboard.
    Run the Command
  3. Once you do it, a new window will open, click on Hardware and Devices and then press on Next at bottom of the screen.
    Click on Hardware & Devices

The system will scan for problems within a few minutes after you click Next. Your results will appear shortly about the findings causing the problems if there are any.

2. Use Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management Tool

If the first solution didn’t work and you are still experiencing errors, you may need to switch to the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management tool (DISM). This tool allows you to recover damaged system images.

The tool has three switches:

  • /Scanhealth
  • /Checkhealth
  • /Restorehealth

We are only interested in running the last one to solve the problem. Here are the steps that you can follow to fix the critical process died stop code in Windows 10:

  1. Run Command Prompt as an administrator by following steps 1-2 from the previous section.
  2. Once the Command Prompt is open, enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth command as shown in the image below.
    Run the DISM Command

It takes between 10 minutes and 30 minutes for the process to complete. A progress bar paused at 20 percent for several minutes is not an alarming sign, let them take the tool its own sweet time if you want to solve the problem.

Restart your computer once the scan is complete so that changes will take place done by the scan.

3. Run an Antivirus Scan

You may have malware on your system causing the critical process died stop code. There are chances that the malware is the real culprit which is harming any of the system, files, or processes.

Using either Windows Defender or an Antivirus suite that you may have downloaded would solve the problem for the good. It is recommended that you do a deep scan of your system rather than the quick one to find the malware affecting the system.

Windows Defender Security Center is a default program that is in everyone’s system so let’s see how you can use that to find the malware if there’s any:

  1. Type Windows Defender in the Start Menu Search Bar. Click on that once the search finds the program.
    Find Windows Defender
  2. Once it is open, click on Scan Now under Virus & Threat Protection option.
    Click on Scan Now

The process will take a few minutes depending on the no. of files you have in the system. It will automatically detect if there’s an issue and will give you options to resolve that.

4. Run System File Checker

If none of the above solutions are working, we have to run the System File Checker. This is a well-known utility that can repair corrupted or incorrectly modified system files to cure a wide variety of Windows-based ailments.

It is nevertheless not always useful; it is used more out of habit than necessity. The following troubleshooting step is crucial when you encounter a 0x000000EF error code. Let’s see how you can run System File Checker in Windows 10:

  1. Launch Command Prompt as an administrator by following Step 1-2 in our first solution.
  2. Once the Command Prompt is opened, type sfc /scannow command and press Enter.
    Run SFC Command

It may take some time for the process to complete. Sit back tight and don’t interrupt the scan. Once the scan is finished, a new window will open with the set of any problems in your system. There will be steps as well that will help you to take care of these problems.

Do not forget to restart your system once you have done all the changes asked by the scan.

5. Uninstall Recent Windows Updates

A recent Windows update could be the cause of your problem if it has just started. Since recent updates can be easily uninstalled, you can check if your issue has gone away once you follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to the Settings on your computer by clicking on the Windows Icon on the left-hand bottom corner of the screen.
  2. Once you are in the Settings, click on Update & Security to proceed further.
    Click on Update & Security
  3. From the left pane menu, click on Windows Update. Scroll down a little below on the right side menu and choose View Update History.
    Click on View Update History
  4. Click on Uninstall Updates that you will find at the top of the screen.
    Click on Uninstall Updates
  5. A new window will open that will show all the recent updates that have been done in your system. Choose the update that you think is the culprit and right-click on that to reveal Uninstall button. Click on that.
    Click on Uninstall

6. Perform a Clean Boot

When you perform a clean boot, your computer loads up with just a few drivers, processes, and programs. If you are able to get your computer running, you can try this in an attempt to diagnose the issue. Here are the steps you need to follow to clean boot your computer:

  1. In the Task Menu Search Bar, type System Configuration. Once you find it, click on that.
    Click on System Configuration
  2. Once the System Configuration is opened, select the Services tab from here. De-select Hide all Microsoft services at the bottom of the screen.
    Click on Services Tab
  3. Disable all Microsoft services by clicking the Disable all button.
    Click on Disable All
  4. After doing that, Select the Startup tab. Here, you need to click on Task Manager link.
    Click Startup
  5. A new Task Manager window will open, select the Startup option again from here.
  6. Disable all the items from the list one by one.
    Click on Taskbar
  7. In the end, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

7. Restore the System

With the System Restore tool, you can revert your computer to a previous state. Restoring the system prior to the start of a stop code problem is the only method for enabling this feature. Follow the on-screen instructions for restoring your system:

  1. Go to the Settings on your computer. Click on Update & Security from here.
  2. Once you are here, click on Recovery option from the left-hand pane. Once the tab is opened, click on Get Started under Reset this PC from the right-hand side window.
    Click on Recovery
  3. A new window will open, click on Keep My Files to start the process and follow on-screen instructions.
    Choose an Option

8. Update your BIOS

If nothing works, then we believe that the computer’s BIOS can be updated as the last resort. However, there is no standard method for doing so; this is determined by your computer manufacturer. Consult your manufacturer’s documentation for instructions.

9. Last but not The Least: Reset or Reinstall

You still have one more chance to roll the dice. A fresh copy of Windows or resetting the Windows OS is the last option. Now, if that doesn’t work, then you have a hardware problem and you should consult a technician as soon as possible.

Signing Off…

Helping people with their computer problems has always been our pleasure, and this article provided the perfect opportunity to help Windows 10 users!

This article will surely help you to fix critical process died stop code in Windows 10 with ease. We are hopeful that this post help you to solve the issue.

If you are still facing any issues in following any of these solutions, do let us know in the comments section below and we will try to solve the problem as soon as we could.



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