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Summary

Many users ever encountered the blue screen of death problem that is so common in Windows 10. But how do we fix blue screen of death? Read this article and you will find out the reasons and solutions.


blue screen of death

Reasons of Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10

Reason One: Power outage may cause Windows 10 blue screen. Such as you may receive “DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE” error code. Besides, blue screen of death may happen if the PC connects to external devices or problematic data cable.
blue screen of death
Reason Two: Hardware failure is one of the reasons why blue screen of death occurs in Windows 10. Usually there’s error code in the screen such as “PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA”, “MEMORY_MANAGEMENT”, “SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED”, etc.
error PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
Reason Three: BCD is damaged or missing. Blue screen of death can be caused by missing or corrupted system files. Please refer to the corresponding methods to fix blue screen of death in Windows 10 if error code 0xc0000225, 0xc000021a, 0xc000000f, 0xc0000001 occur.
error code windows 10
Reason Four: Blue screen of death appears in Windows 10 after installing new software that is problematic or is not compatible with the system. Besides, it may also caused by driving program.
Reason Five: If there’s bad sector in PC’s hard drive, PC will not completely load the driver or related files. And data read error will cause system breakdown. Then blue screen of death occurs in Windows 10.
Damaged MBR/DBR

How to Fix Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10?

Note: Sometimes blue screen of death can be fixed by trying to restart the PC. Please refer to the following solutions to fix the blue screen if it still appears after rebooting the PC.

Solution 1: Check Computer’s Hardware and Data Cables

Step 1: If there’s something wrong with data cable and hardware, please take them off and reset. And it’s necessary to replace them if they get damaged.
check hardware, power cord
Step 2: Try to remove the new hardware or external devices and then restart the PC. If blue screen still cannot be fixed, please try Solution 2.
remove external device
Bad sector caused the blue screen problem? Please refer to solutions to scan and repair bad sector.

Solution 2: Uninstall Problematic Software in Safe Mode

If blue screen occurs due to software, it’s suggested to uninstall the problematic software via safe mode.
Step 1: Turn on the PC. Hold down the power button two times before manufacturer logo appears. When you go into Windows recovery environment, select “Troubleshoot”.
select troubleshoot in windows safe mode
Step 2: Then select “Advanced Options”> “Startup Settings”. Click “Restart”.
select startup settings in advanced options
Step 3: After restarting the PC, press 4 or F4 to enable safe mode.
press 4 to enable safe mode
Step 4: In safe mode, press “Win” + “I” key to open “Windows Settings”. Select “Apps”. Then you can uninstall the problematic software.
uninstall software in Windows 10

Solution 3: Perform Startup Repair in Windows Recovery Environment

In Windows recovery environment, performing startup repair can scan system as well as fix damaged files and BCD. It aims to repair startup issue including blue screen of death.
Step 1: Connect the Windows installation disk to the PC. If you don’t have it, please refer to the solution to create Windows installation disk.
connect usb to laptop
Step 2: Change the boot order in BIOS Setup and put “Removable Devices” as the first boot choice. Then your PC will boot from Windows installation disk.
change boot order in BIOS menu
Step 3: Click “Repair your computer” in the bottom-left corner after you boot your PC from USB drive.
Repair your computer
Step 4: When you enter Windows recovery environment, select “Troubleshoot”> “Advanced Options”> “Startup Repair”.

Note: Restart the PC after the recovery process finishes.

startup repair in Windows

Solution 4: Use SFC /Scannow to Fix System Files

System files are damaged or missing? Completing the steps below will help you out.
Step 1: Repeat step 1/2/3 mentioned in Solution 3. When you enter Windows recovery environment, select “Troubleshoot”> “Advanced Options”> “Command Prompt”.
command prompt
Step 2: Once command prompt pops up, type in: sfc /scannow. Press “Enter”. Then system file check will scan and repair the corrupted files.

Note: Restart the PC after the repair process finishes.

Check and fix system files Windows 10

Solution 5: Rebuild Missing or Corrupted BCD

This way will help you rebuild BCD that is missing or damaged.
Step 1: Repeat step 1/2/3 mentioned in Solution 3. When you enter Windows recovery environment, select “Troubleshoot”> “Advanced Options”> “Command Prompt”.
command prompt
Step 2: Once “Command prompt” pops up, type these commands in order: bootrec / fixmbr,  bootrec / fixboot,  bootrec / scanos,  bootrec / rebuildbcd. Please press “Enter” after you type each command.

Note: Executing the above commands will scan Windows system and rebuild BCD.

Repair or Rebuild BCD

Solution 6: Perform System Restore or Reinstall System

If above ways can’t solve the blue screen problem, it’s suggested to perform system restore. Please refer to detailed instructions on how to restore system in Windows recovery environment. Or you could choose to reinstall the system if system restore does not work.
select system restore
It’s suggested to transfer important files or data before restoring or reinstalling system. Data transfer, one of the functions of Renee PassNow, can help you transfer data from the PC quickly.