How to deal with CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error

Since inception, Microsoft Corporation has come up with innumerable versions and updates for Windows on a regular basis. Millions of Windows users worldwide strive to install the latest versions and upgrade their system in order to stay technologically advanced.


What is error 0x000000EF and why does it occur?

Usually, error 0x000000EF with the statement CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED pops up along with a blue screen while Windows upgrade or installing new operating files. The system suddenly crashes and the Operating System doesn’t load any files. The users often get confused and panicky in this situation unable to figure out what the problem is. The prime reasons for CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error to occur can be anything. It can be a compatibility issue between the hardware drives with the Operating System or can be a problem with the Random Access Memory (RAM). Faulty software/files or computer viruses can also lead to CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error. There might be several other reasons too depending upon the software versions and tools.

 Critical Process DiedHow to fix error 0x000000EF?

There are several ways to tackle the situation and get rid of the error 0x000000EF. It is a critical error but a very common one. Below are the few tried and tested ways to fix the error:

  • Restart your Computer in Safe Mode: When you face this error in the middle of your work, the only option you are left with is to restart the system. If the problem persists it is advisable to restart your computer in the Safe Mode. You can do this by simply pressing Shift+F8 while booting is done and selecting Safe Mode in the Advanced Boot Options. This will restart your PC in the Safe Mode and load the files normally without any error.
  • Upgrade Hardware and Drivers: You can click on the Start menu to open the Device Manager window to view and identify which of the drivers are dysfunctional. Quickly uninstall and then reinstall the faulty drives. If there are any compatibility issues fix the same by choosing the Upgrade Driver Software option.
  • SFC/SCANNOW command: Open the Command Prompt window and type the command SFC/SCANNOW and press Enter to view the results of the scan. If there is any error detected, a message will be displayed with the status of the error that will be automatically repaired thereafter.
  • Boot selected programs: Choose the Selective Start-up option in the System Configuration. This will lead to boot selective files and not the entire Microsoft services.
  • Restore your computer and run a virus scan: A virus scan is highly advisable to identify the infected files and repair them on an urgent basis.

If all the above-mentioned processes don’t work, you should uninstall and then reinstall all the Operating system files to fix the error. Usually, the error 0x000000EF can be fixed easily by anyone with some basic knowledge about computing. Try the methods as mentioned in this article and never lose any important task anymore.