How to Fix Critical Process Died Error in Windows 10? [6 Solutions]

Though Windows 10 has many awesome features and considered as a great upgrade from Windows 8, it has also inherited some of the same old errors. Critical Process Died error is one amongst them. This article is all about exploring the reasons for its occurrence and solutions for fixing it in Windows 10 PC.

What is ”Critical Process Died ” Error In Windows 10?

Critical Process Died is one of the BSoDs (Blue Screen of Death) errors in Windows Operating System. BSoDs are the most dreadful errors for Windows users as they leave no other option than to restart your computer. So, it disturbs the workflow and sometimes there is also a scope for data loss. Generally, when Critical Process Died error occurs, the users will see a blue screen with error code 0x000000EF.

What Are the Causes of ‘Critical Process Died Error’ In Windows 10?

Critical Process Died Stop Error is the most common errors in Windows 7/8/10 PCs. It occurs when the system processes in Windows OS fails to run properly. It’s a way of your computer notifying you that some critical process has stopped working and so you need to restart the system.

Critical Process Died Error

Here are some of the common causes of Critical Process Died error:

  • Sometimes System processes fail to restart when you resume the computer from sleep mode.
  • Viruses and Malware stop the system processes from running normally.
  • Outdated or corrupted drivers.
  • Disk drive errors.

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How to Solve Critical Process Died Error In Windows 10?

Solution 1: Run a virus scan

Viruses and malware could cause Critical Process Died error on your Windows 10 computer. Viruses tend to disturb the system processes and may stop them from working properly. Instead of going into the deeper solutions directly, it’s recommended to scan your PC with a good antivirus software. Go through the report and uninstall/delete all the virus affected programs and files on your computer.

The best thing about Windows 10 is it has an inbuilt antivirus program called Windows Defender. Here are the instructions for scanning your files and programs using Windows Defender:

Step 1: First of all, click on the Start button to open the Start menu.

Step 2: Enter defender in the search box. Click on the Windows Defender option.

Step 3: Now click on the shield icon in the left panel.

Shield Defender

Step 4: In the next screen, you’ll see the Advanced Scan link at the bottom. Click on it.

Advanced Scan

Step 5: Select the Full Scan option.

Full Scan

Step 6: Finally, restart your computer and check if the error still persists.

Solution 2: Run an SFC Scan

SFC or System File Checker is a utility in Windows OS that allows the user to scan the system files and restore the damaged and corrupted files. It is a utility which helps to repair the system files.

Follow the instructions below to run an SFC scan to fix Critical Process Died Windows 10 cannot boot.

Step 1: Click on the Start button to open the Start menu. Enter cmd in the search box.

Step 2: You’ll see command prompt in the first result. Right-click on it and click on “Run as administrator“.

Step 3: Enter sfc /scannow in the command prompt window. Please note that there is a space between sfc and /. It’s better to copy the command from here.

sfc scannow

Step 4: Now, it begins to scan the system files. Wait till the process is completed. Restart your computer once it is done!

Skip to the next solution if the error persists.

Solution 3: Uninstall updates

This may sound odd to you, but as per the reports from many users, the updates in Windows 10 triggered the Critical Process Died error in their computer. Microsoft issues regular updates to keep the OS secure and bug free. These updates are crucial for the OS to function properly. But, if the updates are causing the troubles, you may need to delete them to check if the problem is fixed. Follow the instructions below to uninstall the update from your computer.

Step 1: Press Windows + I shortcut key to open Settings.

Step 2: Click on Windows Update in the left panel. Once done, click on Update History.

Windows Update

Step 3: Next up, click on Uninstall Updates.

Uninstall Updates

Step 4: Check the updates that you wish to uninstall from your computer. Finally, click on the Uninstall button.

Uninstall updates

If you still see the error, hop on to the next method.

Solution 4: Check for the disk errors

The corrupted or damaged portions on the disk drive where the operating system is loaded can be one of the major reasons for causing blue screen errors like the Critical Process Died error. We have to check the drive to know if there are any problems. All Windows OS including Windows 10 has a built-in tool known as Disk Check Utility. Running Disk Check Utility may fix the Critical Process Died error on your Windows 10 computer.

Follow the instructions below to run Disk Check Utility:

Step 1: Press Windows + X keys simultaneously. You’ll see the Quick Link Menu. Click on the Command Prompt (Admin).

Command Prompt

Step 2: A prompt window appears. Click on the Yes button.

Step 3: It opens the command prompt window. Enter chkdsk C: /f. Finally, hit the Enter key.


WARNING: The above command won’t work if you don’t use /f with chkdsk. Also, if there’s a physical damage instead of /f use /r.

chkdsk :r

It runs the Disk Check Utility and scans the drive for the errors. Once it is done, restart your computer so that the system adapts to the new changes.

Solution 5: Run System Restore

Now, that you have tried all the solutions and are still seeing the same CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error on your computer, it’s better to revert your computer to its previous state. Windows has this wonderful feature called Windows Restore. It restores the system to its old state. If this feature is enabled on your computer, it stores up the working states of your system.

Instructions for perform System Restore:

Step 1: Press Windows + I key simultaneously to open Settings.

Step 2: Click on the Update & Security option. Next up, click on the Recovery in the left panel.

Step 3: In the new window, click on the Get Started button which is under the section Reset this PC.

Step 4: Select the first option “Keep your files”.

Wait till the process is completed. Check whether the Critical Process Died error is fixed.

Note: Critical Process Died error is a blue screen error as mentioned at the beginning of this post. Blue screen errors may appear at any time. For some users, it appears only when they are playing the games. For others, it may just appear once a day. If you have a bad day, it appears every 5 minutes or right after the booting process is done. In such cases, it may not be possible for the user to execute the instructions in the above solutions. It is recommended to clean boot your computer to be able to follow the instructions and fix the error.

How to Clean Boot a Windows 10 Computer?

Step 1: Click on the Start button. Enter System Configuration.

Step 2: Under the Services tab, check the option Hide all Microsoft Services. Click on Disable all.

hide microsoft services

Step 3: Go to the Startup tab. Click on Open Task Manager. Select all the items and click on Disable button. Exit the Task Manager Window.

task manager disable

Step 4: Under the Startup tab in System Configuration. Click on OK button.

Step 5: Restart your computer.

Once it is restarted, you’ll see that it has done a clean boot. Now, Critical Process Died Windows 10 won’t boot error will not disturb you anymore.


The problem with CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error is that it does not display any specific problem. So, one has to work on the solutions one by one until the error is fixed. We hope this post helped you to fix the error on your computer.

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