How to Fix Critical Process Died Windows 10

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Critical process died Windows 10: When the critical process stops suddenly it is also the cause for a lot of BSODs. You will come to know about this when you encounter the error code 0x000000EF on blue crash screen.

There are different causes and fix the issue you need to follow different troubleshooting steps.  This article will help you fix the issue of – Critical Process Died stop code in your Windows 10.

4 Ways to Fix “Critical Process Died” in Windows 10

1. Run the tool for Hardware & Device Troubleshooting

Before switching to other complex solutions lets us start with simpler one the easiest one.

Out of the different troubleshooting tools offered by Windows, one of them is designed particularly for hardware & device related issues.

To run that particular tool here is what you should do

  • Open – Settings app
  • Go to – Update and Security- Troubleshoot.
  • Scroll down and then choose – Hardware and Devices, and click on – Run the troubleshooter.

This will take your system a couple of minutes to scan for issues and send report with the results of critical process died windows 10.


2. By Running System File Checker

The next step that you can try is to run this tool- System File Checker . It is wonderful feature that helps resolves problems related to Windows thereby repairing the corrupted system files or files that are not modified properly.

This solution may not be effective always but in this case where you face the error 0x000000EF or critical process died it can play an important role in trouble shooting

In order to run the system file checker, you need to start – Command Prompt as an admin. The simplest way to reach command prompt is to look for – cmd, right-click on search result and choose – Run as administrator.

After Command Prompt expands, type – sfc /scannow and hit – Enter. It may some time in order to complete.

Once done, you can view the list on screen listing the issues if any and the steps the scan used to eliminate them.

Ensure that you restart your system prior to performing your regular tasks on the PC.


3. Run Antivirus Scan

The stop code or critical process died may occur due to malware present on the system. Malware can modify the system files and different processes and make them not fit for use.

You can utilize Windows Defender/ any 3rd party antivirus (Avast) you prefer. Ensure that you carry out a full system scan.


4. Run – Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management

In case you are still facing errors, then you need to seek help from the tool – Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM). It will actually repair the corrupt system image.

  • The tool comes with 3 switches
  • /ScanHealth
  • /CheckHealth
  • /RestoreHealth

We just need the last switch.

In order to utilize DISM tool

Open – Command Prompt as an administrator.

Once command prompt opens, type – DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press hit Enter

The process takes nearly 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Do not panic if the progress bar halts at 20 % many times; it is normal. Once the scanning is over, restart the system.

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Ajit Yadav

Author Bio: Ajit yadav is a professional blogger and co-founder of WindowsClassroom. He is a software engineer by education and blogger & writer by profession.

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