CRITICAL PROCESS DIED – Explained With Solution

The critical process died or you say CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED, both are the same blue screen of death errors which also known for its bug check error code of “0x000000EF”. Having this problem on your computer fully indicates that your windows operating system having some trouble to proceed one or more of your system’s process.

 photo ID-100134007-min_zpsscviisgt.jpgNormally this error occurred after updating or installing new windows in your pc and from few days I got lots to emails about this error and the same thing what I noticed is, all users having this problem after installation of windows 10 or after updating window 10 from windows 8.

I suggest different things according to their conditions on my emails reply and mainly the solution what I’ve found is, it’s a compatibility issue or a ram issue because we did install or update our windows without checking the software and hardware compatibility and that’s the reason why this problem starts to showing up on our screen.

#What To Do If My Windows Won’t Open (Skip This Step, If Your Computer Starts Normally).       

 photo stock-illustration-29911568-computer-trouble_zpsenkfs8xv.jpgMost of the time this error makes your computer or laptop fully unusable and you’ll start to getting this problem in the middle of your windows opening when every time you’ve starts your computer.

If you your computer opens up normally and you’re getting this error while working on your window then you can skip this step and move to the troubleshooting guide listed below.

So, now the first thing I want you to do is to start our windows because without that I can’t help to fix this problem.

There are two things which can help you open your windows and those are:

  • Open It By Safe Mode
  • Open It By Startup Repair

First, we’re trying to open our windows by using the safe mode because that is the quickest way to open our windows without getting the error in the middle of startup.

To open safe mode you’ll need press some particular keys when your computers start and that will help to open Advanced Boot Options on your screen and in that screen you can select the option named Safe Mode to open your OS in that mode.

  • For old windows users, press F8 key 3 or 4 times on your computer startup
  • For windows 8 and windows 10 users press “Shift + F8 key” on your computer’s startup.
  • After that select “Safe Mode” to open it.

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If you’ve successfully open your windows in safe mode then you skip the startup repair things mentioned below and directly move to the troubleshooting guide.

If you’ve won’t able to open Safe Mode then you can use the Startup Repair Utility tool to make your windows open normally.

 photo MicrosoftFIX_IT_zpsoqz3jnck.pngYou’ll need to use your Windows OS disk in order to use the startup repair utility and I only and only suggest you to use your bootable disc or bootable pen drive according to your computer’s current installed operating system like, use Windows 7 setup disc if you having Windows 7 installed in your PC and use Windows 8 setup disk if you’re using Windows 8 in your computer.

  1. First, you’ll need to boot your windows Disk or USB by boot menu or boot sequence priority. If you don’t know how to do this, then these given link below will help you to boot your disk or flash drive.

How to Quick Boot A USB or CD/DVD Directly From the Boot Menu ?

How To Change the Boot Order (Boot Sequence) in BIOS ?

  1. Second after booting click on “press any key to boot from CD or DVD” to boot windows setup disk or USB.

  1. Now you’ll need to get to startup repair or automatic repair according to your windows version for repairing your windows and make it back to normal.

Now: Click to expand the solution according to your windows version, given just below this paragraph in the blue outline rectangular box

Solution No. 2.1 - Startup Repair for Windows Vista & 7

Note: Move to Solution No.1.2 for Windows 8 & 10 Startup repair.

Right after when the booting was done you’ll able the see the setup’s first menu option and in that options, you’ll need to Click on “Next” and after that click on “repair your computer” to starts your startup repair function.

After that it will scan your computer’s drive and shows you your previously installed operating system. Now Select your listed OS version and click on next to start windows startup repair.

If you can’t find your windows listed in there, then skip this solution and move on to next.

Now wait until the startup repair gets complete.

Solution No.2.2 - Startup Repair for Windows 8/8.1 & 10

Right after when the booting was done you’ll able the see the setup’s first menu option and in that options, you’ll need to Click on “Next” and after that click on “repair your computer” to starts your startup repair function.

After that, it will show you three options and you’ll need to select the second one called “Troubleshoot” and then right under the troubleshoot menu select the third option called “Advanced options”.

Now select start-up repair on Windows 10 or Automatic Repair on Windows 8 to repair your computer.

If your windows successfully opened, then move to the next step listed below to remove this error completely from your computer and if your windows still in that blue screen loop then the only option you have is to reinstall your windows OS.

#Troubleshooting Guide

As is said it’s a software compatibility or hardware issue I made this troubleshooting guide according to this error because I don’t want you to waste your time on non-working kinds of stuff and that’s why I arranged all the solution by its success possibilities from high to low.

So let’s start with:

#Fixing Software Compatibility

Now I want you to find which thing is creating this problem so, follow the steps one by one given below:

  1. When this error occurring? – Yes, this is the main questing because I want to analyze your problem by finding, when did you getting this error. If this error shows in the middle of some running software than its possible that software isn’t compatible with your windows and if its occur any time while working, then move to the next.
  2. Recent Faulty Update – Some users having this problem after their computer install the latest windows update and if that’s the same condition with you then I highly recommend you to uninstall all the latest updates installed by your windows OS.
  3. Windows Update – If you’ve don’t update your windows recently then update it, because that’s really helpful most of the times because Microsoft does release some hotfix time to time which really helps to improve our windows performance and fixing this types of error too.
  4. Drivers Update – It’s possible your computer or laptops hardware drivers isn’t compatible with your windows and by updating them does fix your problem too. This link will help you to >>Find And Download Drivers Online.
  5. Windows Registry Got Corrupted – Registry is the main key for your whole computer performance and due to poor Personal Computer System maintenance, you may experience Registry issues and later on lead to various Personal Computer errors including this CRITICAL PROCESS DIED error.

If you don’t have any registry tuner or cleaner in your computer, then install world’s best cleaner in your PC to get the perfect performance. Here are two top rated software’s what I recommend to all my websites users as listed below.

1st Best – SpeedZooka Registry Cleaner

2nd Best – CCleaner Professional

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#Fixing Hardware Issue

Ram Test If you still suffering from this problem after doing all repairing kinds of stuff for your windows then it’s possible your computers ram might be got faulty and if that’s happening with your computer then the first thing you’ll need to do is to test your PC’s ram to find out does the ram is the reasons for this error to came up on the screen or maybe it just another hardware fault. photo memory_zps7rtk4xrw.png


Bad Bios Hardware Configuration Yes, it can be the good reason too.

  • The first thing is to open the BIOS Setup or CMOS Setup by pressing the Del or F2 key or you can follow the boot screen because the screen will show you about what you’ll to press to open the BIOS Setup.
  • Search for a SATA Mode or Chipset SATA mode in the bios setup. As shown in this picture:fix by bios sata setting
  • Change the setting to the IDE.

If your previous setting was pre-listed on IDE then you can change it to AHCI or some other options like RAID and after that try to use your computer again and test it properly.

It’s possible you’ll find the Sata setting options name changed a little bit because of the different version of bios, but the thing what I’m trying to say is “Change The Sata Mode” to make it work or you.

Here’s a picture below of some different version of bios where Sata mode is listed as Sata operation setting and we changed the setting to ATA from ACHI. photo sata setting ata from ahci-min_zpsxjspgzbc.jpg

  • Now Save and Exit from the bios Setup.

#At last – Use SFC /SCANNOW

Sfc Scan is a great command run by CMD which can repair your windows by just typing a command on command prompt. You’ll just only have to type the command on CMD and sit back until the scan completes and it will repair most of your windows file.

1. Open the CMD as an administrator.2. Type the command “Sfc /Scannow” and hit enter.

Note: Doesn’t close this CMD window until the verification gets 100% complete.

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