Error 0x0000000F [Complete Troubleshooting Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Getting the 0x0000000F BSOD error is not a good sign for the rest of your day, but this guide can help.
  • To start resolving the issue, you should use the Windows default BSOD troubleshooter, and then test your RAM's health.
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  • For more detailed information about BSOD issues, visit our useful BSOD Error Codes page.
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The 0x000000F BSOD (blue screen of death) is the reason why some users avoid putting their computers to sleep or waking it up. This is a blue screen that comes in various forms when you attempt to boot or wake your machine.

Some 0x0000000F error messages include the following:

  • your pc needs to be repaired 0x0000000F
  • startup error 0x0000000F
  • SPIN_LOCK_ALREADY_OWNED (0x0000000F)
  • access violation reading location 0x0000000F
  • status 0x0000000F with netowork boot
  • uefi boot error 0x0000000fF
  • UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP 0x0000000F ntkrnlpa.exe 3f476

If you get a BSOD with any of these error messages, repair your machine with this guide.


How do I get rid of the startup error 0x000000F?

1. Enable Windows default BSOD troubleshooter

  1. Open Settings on Windows.
    • You can do this using the Windows key + I combination.
  2. In Settings, select the Update & Security group.0x0000000f-bsod-windows-settings
  3. Next, select Troubleshoot from the left-hand panel.
  4. Click on Blue Screen on the right-hand area.
  5. Finally, select the Run the troubleshooter button.

After fixing the found errors, reboot your machine. If you still get the 0x0000000F BSOD screen, then it may be a problem with your RAM. Proceed to the next solution below.


2. Test your RAM’s health using Windows Memory Diagnostic

  1. Press the Windows key to reveal the Start menu.
  2. On the Start menu, begin to type windows memory and then select Windows Memory Diagnostic from the results.
    1. HINT: You can also open the Windows Memory Diagnostic wizard by searching for mdsched in the Run utility.
  3. Next, Windows will give you two options – choose Restart now and check for problems.windows-memory-diagnostic-uefi-boot-error-0x0000000f
  4. At this point, your machine will restart and take you to a blue screen while the system detects memory problems.
  5. On completion of the memory check, the computer will reboot again.
  6. Finally, when the system successfully boots into Windows, click on the Notification area from the System tray to view the results of the diagnostics.

Although these results do not repair the 0x0000000F BSOD issue, it gives you useful pointers to the cause of the problem.


3. Boot into Windows Safe Mode to bypass 0x0000000F BSOD

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key and R.
  2. In Run, type msconfig and press Enter to launch the System Configuration wizard.
  3. Next, navigate to the Boot tab and go to the Boot options section.
  4. Here, check the box labeled Safe boot and make sure the Minimal radio button is selected.use-safe-boot-0x0000000f-bsod
  5. Now, hit the Apply button and then click on OK to save your changes.
  6. Next, restart your computer. Immediately the screen lights up, press the F8 key (or the function key for your computer model) continuously.
  7. You will arrive now at the Startup Settings screen. Here, various startup modes are listed.
  8. Press the number that corresponds to the Enable Safe Mode option to boot your system into Safe Mode.

In Safe Mode, the system loads with no unnecessary programs or processes. If you get the 0x0000000F BSOD and are unable to start up your PC, Safe Mode lets you get into Windows without errors.


4. Recover missing driver files and reset any corrupt components

  1. Right-click on the Windows taskbar to begin.
  2. From the contextual menu, choose Task Manager.
  3. Next, from the upper left-hand side of the screen, go to the File tab and click on Run new task.recover-missing-files-uefi-boot-error-0x0000000f
  4. After that, type in cmd in the empty field.
  5. Now, mark the box labeled Create this task with administrative privileges.
  6. Hit the OK button now to launch Command Prompt as an Admin user.
  7. In Command Prompt, type -sfc /scannow and press Enter to run the command.
  8. Your PC will now begin to investigate the cause of the 0x0000000F BSOD and attempt to fix the issue.
  9. After completing the troubleshooting process, the machine will reboot.

5. Do a clean Windows installation to clear the 0x0000000F issue

When your computer gives you the SPIN_LOCK_ALREADY_OWNED (0x0000000F) error, the machine may become unusable.
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Of course, replacing your computer is not a troubleshooting solution. However, reinstalling Windows is close. Make a backup of your data first, so that you don’t lose everything.

Making a clean Windows install will remove your pc needs to be repaired 0x0000000f message, but without guidance, you can complicate the process.

We published an in-depth guide on how to reinstall Windows without losing data. Read it here.


Mostly, this 0x0000000F BSOD occurs due to drivers’ poor handling of power state transition requests. We have covered the various solutions for resolving the issue.

If you found this guide helpful, we appreciate your feedback. How did you fix the UEFI boot error 0x0000000f?

FAQ: Read more about BSOD errors

  • What is UEFI boot mode?

The UEFI boot mode is a style of booting that was designed for the UEFI infrastructure. If you have issues with this booting mode, check out our guide on how to fix frequent UEFI issues.

  • Does Windows 10 require UEFI?

No, Windows 10 will work without issues on both UEFI and BIOS.

  • Which is better UEFI or legacy?

They both have advantages and disadvantages, but UEFI is generally used more if you’re planning on installing more than 2 OS on your system.


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