Are you experiencing CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD on your PC resulting in decreased system performance after recent windows 10 upgrade or install latest windows updates? The Critical Process Died bug check has a value of 0x000000EF. This indicates that a critical system process died. The process can be so critical that it could damage your hard disk, your memory or, even very rare, your processor. And to avoid this loss windows 10 shutdown itself with a blue screen like

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


Critical Process Died blue screen of death Stop code 0x000000EF, may occur due to the default value in the Boot Loader section of the Boot.ini file is missing or invalid. Incompatible, faulty or corrupted device drivers installed on the PC Also cause Windows 10 blue screen Error Critical Process Died. Again corrupted system files, Disk drive Error, buggy windows update Also result PC failed to start with Stop code 0x000000EF.  Whatever the reason here some solutions you may apply to get rid of this windows 10 Blue screen error.


Whenever you face windows 10 blue screen error, the first thing you must try, Remove all external devices include printer, scanner, external HDD etc and start windows normally. This will fix the problem if device driver confliction causing this BSOD error.

Also If you are using a Desktop computer check the problem might be caused by a hardware issue, especially with the RAM. If you see this error then take out the RAM and make sure it is clean and doesn’t have any dust around it. Also, make sure the slots are clean as well. Put back the RAM and check if it is connected properly.

Hard can also be the culprit behind this issue. Make sure the hard drive is tightly connected to the board and doesn’t have any lose connections.

If due to this BSOD windows 10 frequently restarts at startup, didn’t allow to perform any troubleshooting steps, We recommend booting into safe mode where windows start with minimum system requirements and allow to Diagnose the problem.

Uninstall Recently installed applications / Windows updates

If the problem started after install any third party application or games, may this is not compatible with current windows version and causing BSOD error. Also sometimes security software (Antivirus) also cause windows 10 BSOD error. We recommend temporarily uninstall them and check this helps to fix Critical Process Died or not.

Press Windows + R, type appwiz.cpl and ok to open programs and features window.

Here look for recently installed third party applications, Right click and select uninstall.

Do the same with security software (Antivirus/Antimalware) if installed.

If your problem has only just started, a recent Windows update could be to blame. Thankfully, it’s easy to uninstall recent updates so you can see if your issue goes away.

To uninstall an update, open the Settings app and go to Update and Security > Windows Update > Update History > Uninstall Updates. Highlight the update you want to remove from your system, then hit the Uninstall button at the top of the window.

Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

Also, run the build in Windows Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter to check and fix if any hardware and device compatibility or problem causing the BSOD error. You can run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter from Settings -> update & security -> troubleshoot -> Hardware and Device. Run the troubleshooter and let windows to check and fix problems with Devices and hardware.

Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

After that Click on Blue screen and run the Windows 10 BSOD troubleshooter to check and fix error that causes windows to stop or restart unexpectedly. After complete, the troubleshooting process restart windows and check critical process died BSOD problem solved.

Update or Reinstall problematic Device drivers

Again Bad, incompatible device drivers are one of the most common causes of the Windows 10 blue screen error. Therefore, it’s sensible to check that none of them require updates. Especially if the problem started after recent windows 10 upgrade, there is chance installed driver is not compatible with current Windows 10 version.

To check the status of your drivers, right-click on the Start menu, select Device Manager, and scan through the list to see whether any devices have a yellow exclamation point alongside them. If you find an exclamation point, right-click on the device in question and choose Update Driver Software from the context menu. select search for automatic driver update and let windows to download and install the latest available driver for you.

search automatically for updated driver
search automatically for updated driver

Or visit device manufacturer website, Download the latest driver and install on your Device. We recommend to update and reinstall the Display (Graphics) driver, Network adapter and Windows Audio driver to latest version.

Especial recommendation: If the CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD error occurs when you are playing games or when you wake up the PC from the sleep, then it could be a video card driver issue. What you can do is update your video card driver to the latest available one.

Run DISM and SFC utility

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. This tool is specially designed to check and repair the system image. If any system corruption or system file missing while windows upgrade process causing Critical Process Died blue screen error, Running DISM restore health command with System file checker utility is very helpful to fix most of the windows 10 problems include Different BSOD errors.

Type cmd on start menu search, right click on command prompt select run as administrator. Then type Dism Command :

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
DISM Restore health command
DISM Restore health command

Wait until 100% complete the scanning process, After the type command sfc /scannow and ok to run the system file checker utility which scan for missing corrupted system files, if found ay the sfc utility restore them from a compressed folder located on  %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Restart windows after complete the scanning process and check There is no more BSOD on your Windows 10 system.

 Disable Fast startup

Also, some users suggest Disabling the Fast startup feature help them to fix Critical Process Died BSOD error. You can try this

  • Open control panel, from All Control Panel Items click on Power Options
  • On the left side of the window click on Choose what the power button does
  • If needed, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable, under Define power buttons and turn on password protection
  • From the enabled options under Shutdown settings section, uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) checkbox to disable Hybrid Shutdown.
  • Click Save changes button to save the modified settings.
  • Close Power Options window when done.
  • Check for the issue.

Perform System restore

If the problem started recently and you think that it is caused by a program that you might have installed in the last few days or weeks then its time to utilize the System Restore option. If the problem was caused by a program or a virus then system restore to an earlier point should be able to solve the issue for you. Check how to perform System restore on windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

Also the problem started after recent windows 10 April 2018 upgrade then, you can use the Rollback option to Go back to the previous windows version. Or the last option you can use the official media creation tool to refresh/reinstall windows 10.

Did these solutions help to fix CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD (Stop Code 0x000000EF ) in Windows 10/8.1 and 7? Let us know which option worked for you, Also Read Fix Windows 10 Laptop Overheating or shutdown Issues ( 3 Tips to Cooldown ) 2018.