How to Fix Critical Process Died error in Windows 10, 8 and 8.1

Critical Process Died

Critical Process Died error is a serious Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error of Windows OS. This is most commonly seen in Windows 10, 8.1 and 8; but older versions of Windows may have this error too. When this error occurs, your computer will show a blue screen stating that it needs to shut down due to a problem. The name of the error is mentioned as: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. After your computer restarts, the error message should go away. But if it keeps appearing, you need to take steps to solve the issue. In this article, we are going to describe how you can fix Critical Process Died Error.

Critical Process Died

Cause for Critical Process Died error

There can be various causes behind Critical Process Died error. However, corrupted system files or drivers are usually the culprits.

Solution for Critical Process Died Error

Try each of these steps one by one to fix Critical Process Died error. Note that you must restart your PC after each step is completed and check if the problem is solved. If not, then move to the next step. In steps 1 to 5, it is assumed that you have complete access to the Windows environment. If your access to Windows is limited due to the Critical Process Died error, move to step 6.

  1. Check for virus:

    Update your antivirus and perform a complete scan of your PC. Often viruses or other malicious programs may cause the Critical Process Died error. So this should be your first step.

  2. Scan system files:

    Search for the Command Prompt from the Start menu search box. You must run it as an administrator. To do that, right-click the Command Prompt icon and click Run as an administrator. Now, type the following words exactly in the Command line and press Enter: sfc/scannow

  3. Disable security software:

    If the first two steps don’t work, disable your security software (i.e. antivirus, antispyware etc). Many users have complained that certain antivirus programs have caused Critical Process Died error in some cases.

  4. Check for driver issues:

    Search for Device Manager in the Control Panel or Start menu and open it. Now, you will see a list of all installed drivers of your computer. Notice if there is a yellow exclamation mark beside any of the driver names. If so, then right click on that driver and click Disable.

  5. Restore your system to a previous state:

    Search for System Restore in Control Panel or Start menu and open it. Follow the steps to restore your system to a previous point. If you particularly remember installing a software or driver after which the Critical Process Died error started to appear, then restore to a point earlier than that particular installation. Remember, you should disable your antivirus before running System Restore.

  6. Use a Windows installation disk:

    A Windows DVD (of your OS version) is required to perform this step. First, you need to change the setting in your BIOS so that the computer boots from the disk. If you don’t know how to change the BIOS boot order, you should consult your PC manufacturer (The process varies from machine to machine). After you have changed the BIOS settings, insert the Windows DVD in your disk drive and shut down (not restart) the computer. Then start your PC again. You should do the tasks in this particular order because to boot from the Windows DVD, the disk must be inside the DVD drive when your PC starts. When your PC starts from the disk, the Windows setup screen will be shown (there will be some options related to time, input method etc, just choose your preferred ones). Next, go to Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Automatic repair. Finally, go through the repairing process.

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We hope you were able to fix Critical Process Died error by following the steps above. Windows BSOD errors often cause much frustration and difficulty for the users because they are hard to get fixed. By the way, if you have recently installed any new hardware to your PC (before the error), you should remove the hardware and check if that solves the issue.

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