[Finally Fixed] CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Error in Windows 10 – 0x000000EF


Hey don’t worry you can now fix the CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error in the windows 10 operating system because we recently face this error in one of our employee pc that runs on windows 10, we follow some methods and it fixed easily, so you don’t need to worry as BulletinTech always helps their audience the perfect solution for all their tech-related issues via our website bulletintech.com so all you need is to follow us to fix CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED windows 10 error that also known as 0x000000EF.

Let’s dig into the guide and talk about this error and in our methods section, we will share the step by step guide on how to fix CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED in windows 10 based PCs.

What is CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED / 0x000000EF Error?

We are facing the Blue Screen of Death also known as BSOD error in the windows operating system since windows started in personal computers. BSOD is known as STOP errors that act as a part of Windows OS. These types of error messages are displayed whenever the fatal system error happens. Typically, BSoD errors come due to the faulty memory, overclocking, outdated drivers, corrupted storage installed in the system.

The same we are talking about today is CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED that also acts as a BSoD error in the Windows 10 PC. The Critical Process Died or 0x000000EF occurs when the program is integral to the working when the OS died due to some internal errors.

In previous windows OS systems, this error accompanied the 0x000000EF error code that indicates the same issue in the Windows PCs. 0x000000EF is one of the known BSOD error codes.

The Critical Process Died Windows 10 Error is shown with the blue screen of death with the message “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you. If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this error: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED”.

Note: If you think, restarting your PC again and again can fix 0x000000EF in windows 10 then you might be wasting your time. You must follow some step by step methods to fix this error completely, which we have mentioned below.

Why CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Error Occurs in Windows 10 PC?

CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error might happens with your PC because of 2 major causes, let’s check out:

Cause #1: Bad Device Drivers on Misconfigured Windows Service

The most common cause of this error is the windows service that encounters a serious error on start-up, misconfigured, or buggy device driver that crashes on startup.

Cause #2: Corrupt System Files

A system that has damaged drivers might also be the reason for this error code. This might happen because of the virus attacks, power outages, or the disk write errors.

How to Fix CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Error in Windows 10 PC?

If you are already trying to boot your computer or laptop and you can’t get rid of the blue screen of death, then we suggest you start following our methods, which we are going to share in the sections below.

Method #1: Start PC in Safe Mode

There are so many ways to boot your PC into safe mode. Mostly all the computers can enter in safe mode via F8 or the Shift + F8 Key pressed before startup to open the Advanced Boot Options menu. Follow the below steps to enter into the safe mode of the computer.

  1. Restart Windows 10.
  2. Press F8 or Shift+F8 before windows 10 starts loading with the windows logo, so you can enter into recovery mode.
  3. Use the arrow keys to choose the Advanced Boot options and tap Enter.
  4. Use the arrow keys, to choose Safe Mode and tap enter.

Method #2: Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 PC

  1. Sign in to the PC as an administrator.
  2. Tap on the search button next to the windows icon in the taskbar. Type MSConfig and choose System Configuration from the results shown.
  3. Tap on the Services tab in the top bar, and select Hide All Microsoft Services, and the Disable All.
  4. Then, tap on the Startup tab and choose Open Task Manager.
  5. Under Startup in the Task Manager, for each startup item, choose the item and then disable it.
  6. Close the Task Manager, then select OK in the System Configuration and restart your PC.

Your computer should now boot normally like before and you can start using it like always. If the problem started coming after a system updated or the new driver installation and the system were working fine before this, and the easiest solution to getting rid of the Critical Process Died error.

You could also manually uninstall the software or driver if you’re aware of the cause of the error. If you aren’t then you use System Restore to automatically create a backup that windows created backup.

Method #3: Perform a System Restore

A System Restore isn’t considered as System Reset. You are not going to lose any personal files such as music, pictures, videos, documents, etc. But some apps that you’d installed after the backup would no longer be available after System Restore in Windows 10.

Let’s dig into the step by step process to perform a system restore.

  1. First, you need to click on the Search Icon to the start button and the search for Create a Restore Point and then hit Enter.
  2. Now, tap on top results to open the System Properties.
  3. Now, tap on the System Restore button in System Properties.
  4. A popup opens up with a title like System Restore and then you need to tap Next.
  5. Choose the restore point that you want to use on the PC and you could also select the Scan for Affected Programs to find out which apps are not available on your PC.
  6. Now, tap on the Next button.
  7. Now, tap on the Finish button to end the process.

Once you perform the steps, your computer would work as before.

Final Verdict: If you still have any queries, let us know in the comment section below.


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