FIX: 0x0000000C MAXIMUM_WAIT_OBJECTS_EXCEEDED

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0x0000000C MAXIMUM_WAIT_OBJECTS_EXCEEDED

The 0x0000000C MAXIMUM_WAIT_OBJECTS_EXCEEDED error is another Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issue some users might encounter.

This issue can arise after users install new hardware device drivers or software. The error can be due to a corrupted or deleted subroutine (program instruction sequence).

This is how you can fix the 0x0000000C Stop error in Windows.


How do I fix the 0x0000000C BSoD error?

1. Update device drivers

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2. Run a system file scan

  1. BSOD errors can be due to corrupted system files, which the System File Scanner can fix.
    • Right-click the Start button in Windows 10 and select Run.
  2. Enter cmd in Run’s Open box, and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter hotkey.
  3. Type this command in the Prompt’s window, and then press the Enter key:
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.
  4. Then initiate the SFC scan by entering sfc /scannow and pressing Enter.
    3SFC scan 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED
  5. Wait for the SFC scan to do its stuff. Restart Windows if the scan repairs files.

3. Run a CHKDSK scan

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator as outlined within the first resolution.
  2. Then input chkdsk c: /f in the Prompt’s window, and press the Enter key.

Chkdsk scan 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED

Some users might need to run a CHKDSK (Check Disk) scan to fix the 0x0000000C error.


4. Check for Windows 10 updates

As updates extend Windows 10’s driver database, make sure your platform is fully updated.

  1. Press the Windows key + S keyboard shortcut for the search utility.
  2. Input updates as the search keyword.
  3. Click Check for updates to open the Settings tab shown directly below.
    The Check for updates button 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED
  4. Press the Check for updates button to download available updates.

5. Turn off Remote Desktop connections

  1. Open the Run accessory by pressing the Windows key and R at the same time.
  2. Type SystemPropertiesRemote.exe in the Open box, and click the OK button.
  3. Go to the Remote tab on the System Properties window will open.
    Remote tab 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED
  4. Select the Don’t allow remote connections to this computer option.
  5. Select the Apply option to confirm the settings.
  6. Click OK to exit the System Properties window.

This 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED error fix is more specifically for the Windows Sever 2008 and 2012 platforms.


6. Remove recently installed drivers and software with System Restore

  1. To do that, open Run.
  2. Next, type rstrui in the Open box. That will open System Restore when you click OK.
    System Restore utility 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED
  3. Select the Choose a different restore point option if it’s on the System Restore window.
  4. Click Show more restore points to select from a full list of restore points.
    Show more restore points option 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED
  5. Choose a restore point that will roll Windows back to a date that predates the 0x0000000C error on your desktop or laptop.
  6. Click the Next option.
  7. Then press the Finish button.

Restoring Windows to a restore point will uninstall recently installed programs and drivers that might have triggered the 0x0000000C error.


7. Clean Install Windows 10

If the above resolutions aren’t enough, a clean install of Windows might be your best bet.

You’ll lose all installed third-party software (and your own files that aren’t backed up) when you reinstall Windows with a clean install.

However, that’s why a clean install can likely resolve the 0x0000000C issue. To reinstall Windows 10 with the Refresh Tool, check out our clean install of Windows 10 guide.

Windows 10 Setup window 0x0000000C MAXIMUM WAIT OBJECTS EXCEEDED

These fixes will probably solve the MAXIMUM_WAIT_OBJECTS_EXCEEDED error.

The resolutions provided by Microsoft’s Stop error troubleshooter might also come in handy for fixing the 0x0000000C.


FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screens of Death

  • How do I fix Blue Screens of Death?

There is no definitive reason why BSoD errors occur, but maintaining your system registries, DLLs, and programs in proper shape will reduce the chance of them appearing. More so, third-party software that can fix BSoD errors also exists.

  • What causes Blue Screen of Death errors?

The most common cause for BSoDs are usually software and hardware related issues that are usually of fatal proportions. For more information on what can lead to BSoD errors, check out this article.

  • Is the Blue Screen of Death bad?

The Blue Screen itself is not bad, but it indicates that your PC is facing fatal system errors.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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