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How to Fix Critical Process Died in Windows 10, Window 8 [Guide]

by Fahad Saleem

Several Windows 10 and Windows 8 users have reported going through the Critical Process Died Stop Error 0x000000EF. This error in Windows 10 occurs after a critical system file or process dies amid disk problems, systems issues or failures. In this article we will talk about several ways to fix Critical Problems Died error.

Fix Critical Process Died in Windows 10, Window 8

1- First, you need to scan the system. You can run sfc /scannow command in the command prompt.

You can also fix Critical Process Died in Windows 10 by booting the system in the Safe Mode.

In order to reboot your system in safe mode, try booting several times until you see three options. Click on Troubleshoot to see advanced options. Now, Select Advanced options. Select Startup Settings. Click on the Restart button and then Select Enable Safe Mode.

After logging in, you’ll be able to start your computer in Clean Boot.

Launch start menu and type “msconfig.” Now hit enter to open the system configuration app. Now go to the Services tab and check the Hide all Microsoft services option. Now head over to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager. Disable all services you see and restart your computer.

Running your computer in Safe mode and launching Clean boot will temporarily fix the Critical_Process_Died error and take you out from the total inability to perform any action on your PC.

2- Critical Process Died error comes after a problem in the system files. The only viable way to fix that is to restore the system to the point before the problem. For this, you can use the system restore feature of Windows 10 and Windows 8.

Launch Start Menu and then type “system restore.” Now click on create restore point option. Under System Protection, you will see an option for System Restore. Click that option and a dialog box will appear that will show you all the system restore points available. Select any restore point (it should be of the time before the problem started). Confirm the selection. Do a standard restore. Beware that a system restore might delete some of your apps. But no harm to your system files would come.

3- Another solution is to update all of your drivers in Windows 10 or Windows 8 in case of critical process died error. It is very easy to update your drivers. Just head over to Device Manager and manually update your drivers.

4- Running DISM also helps in healing and fixing the system files. DISM is a set of commands which could be run in command prompt.

Use Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image commands, and replace the following switches




5-If nothing works to fix Critical Process Died Windows 10, Windows 8, the only option is to reinstall the operating system. Make sure to backup your data before the re-installation of Windows.

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