Friday, September 30, 2022

How To Fix Blue Screen Critical Process Died Error

Getting a Blue screen of death is undesirable, but sometimes you can’t help it!

There are various BSODs, but “Critical Process died” is a critical stop code.

This means that a background process has become corrupted, and the process has stopped.

If a Windows component detects that the data has been modified incorrectly, then it shows this error.

You may also get this error while gaming, opening a particular app, waking the PC from sleep, or logging into your device.

Here I have discussed the solutions to fix this BSOD error. So, keep reading!

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How To Fix Critical Process Died BSOD Error?

Follow the methods described below when you get a blue screen critical process died error.

Preliminary Step: Boot Into Safe Mode

If you cannot boot into Windows normally because of the BSOD error, then boot into safe Mode.

Safe mode starts Windows with bare minimum drivers and services.

To boot into the Safe Mode, follow the steps given below:

  • Press the Power button of your PC and restart it 3 consecutive times. The third time your PC will boot into Advanced Startup Recovery menu.
  • You can also use a bootable device to boot your PC. After you see the Install Windows option, click on Repair your Computer, which will also open the Advanced Startup Recovery menu.
  • From the Advanced Startup Recovery menu, choose to Troubleshoot as shown below.


  • Next, select Advanced Options and then click on Startup Settings.


  • Select Restart and press the F5 key on your keyboard. This will boot Windows into Safe Mode with networking.


After you enter the Safe Mode, you can now perform the following steps.

1) Perform a Clean Boot

Sometimes the programs and services running in the background interfere with your system and cause such errors.

So, perform a clean boot to disable all the unnecessary running services. To perform a clean boot, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run utility. Enter msconfig in the Run command box and hit Enter.


  • System Configuration Window will open now. Go to the Services tab and check the box beside Hide all Microsoft Services.


  • Click on Disable all option. This will stop all the programs that are running in the background except the Microsoft services.
  • Close the window and right-click on your Taskbar. Click on Task Manager.
  • Next, click on the Startup tab and right-click on the programs you want to disable. Click the Disable option.


After finishing the process, restart your PC. If you get the error, go to the next solution.

2) Perform a System Restore

If you have created a System Restore Point before getting the BSOD error, then revert to it.

If you do not have any system restore point prior to this error, then skip this step and go to the next solution.

To perform a system restore, follow the steps given below:

  • Type Control Panel in the Windows search box and click on the top option.
  • Select the Recovery option as shown below.


  • From the next options, choose Open System Restore and click on the Next button.


  • Choose a preferred restore point and click Next.
  • Complete the process by clicking on the Finish button.

If your system doesn’t have a restore point before this issue, try the next solution.

4) Run A SFC And DISM Scan

You may also get a “Windows critical process died” BSOD error due to corrupted system files.

So run an SFC or System File Checker scan to check the missing & corrupted System files and fix them.

Visit here to learn how to run an SFC scan in detail. If after the SFC scan you get the same error, then run a DISM scan.

Sometimes the windows image can get corrupted due to a virus or bad update and cause such BSOD errors.

Deployment Image Servicing And Management tool or DISM can repair the Windows image and fix the issue.

So run the DISM scan by following this guide and check if this fixes the BSOD error.

5) Check Your System For Virus

After running the SFC and DISM scans, if you are still getting the same Critical Process Died error, run a virus scan.

We often insert a USB device or external hard drive into our PC. This may contain a harmful virus and affect our system.

If any virus or malware is responsible for causing the BSOD error, it will get fixed by running the virus scan.

So, run the antivirus software you are using, which can fix the problem.

6) Run A CHKDSK Scan

You can also run a CHKDSK scan to fix the BSOD error. To run the CHKDSK scan, follow the steps given below:

  • Enter CMD in the Windows search box and right-click on the Command Prompt option. Click on Run as administrator.


  • Type or copy & paste the following command in the elevated Command Prompt window and press the Enter key:
chkdsk C: /f /r /x


In the above command, ‘C’ stands for your drive letter, so replace it accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Here are some questions asked by the windows users who encountered the Critical process died BSOD error.

  1. How do I fix the Windows 10 Blue Screen critical process death error?

To Fix Windows 10 Blue screen critical process error, perform a clean boot, perform a system restore, run SFC & DISM scans, run CHKDSK scans, and check for viruses.

  1. What does it mean when my Computer says a critical process died?

If a critical component of Windows detects that the data has been incorrectly modified, you can encounter a Critical process died BSOD error.

  1. How do I fix the critical service failed blue screen?

 To fix critical service failed blue screen, enter into safe mode & perform a system restore, run DISM, SFC, and virus scans.

Closing Up

Send us feedback if the above article has helped you to fix the BSOD critical service failed error.

If you have further queries, ask us in the comments section provided below.

Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.

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