Fix Critical Process Died BSoD error in Windows 11

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • Incompatible drivers are common culprits as well, therefore find and remove the problematic drivers or update them.
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Blue Screen of Death errors are some of the most troublesome issues that you can encounter on your PC, and they are the hardest to fix.

The Critical Process Died error in Windows 11 can occur randomly or appear when trying to boot to Windows.

Fixing it may take time because it’s not always easy to find the culprit. The usual causes are related to your drivers or your hardware in some instances but there are also exceptions.

To make things worse, these errors will make your PC crash and reboot suddenly, so you’ll lose any unsaved data.

What happens if you get a Blue Screen of Death error?

Blue Screen of Death, or BSoD for short, is a system error, also known as a stop error, which shows up when a fatal system error appears.

If you ever encounter this type of issue, it means that your system has crashed and your PC can’t function properly anymore.

Once the crash occurs, your system will be forced to restart. Sadly, this means that all your unsaved data will be lost. This is why it’s crucial to fix these types of errors as soon as you can.

Why do Blue Screen of Death errors occur?

BSoD errors can appear due to hardware issues. As for software issues, consider them as well as potential culprits. We are most likely referring to compatibility issues with certain applications or drivers.

Missing system files can also cause this problem, and this is the case with the Critical Process Died error on Windows.

In some instances, malware and bad BIOS updates can cause BSoD errors on your PC. As for hardware causes, loose connections or hardware failures are the most common ones for system crashes.

To learn more, be sure to check our in-depth guide on Blue Screen of Death causes.

Rest assured that there are ways to fix this problem, and we’re going to show you a couple of methods you can use to solve the Critical Process Died error in Windows 11 right away.

How can I fix the Critical Process Died error in Windows 11?

1. Reinstall/update your drivers

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the list.
  2. Locate the driver that is causing you trouble and right-click it. Choose Uninstall device from the menu.
  3. Now select Uninstall to confirm.
  4. Once the driver is removed, restart your PC and check if the problem is resolved.

To find out which driver is causing the issue, it’s advised to check the crash logs or to remove any drivers that might’ve been recently updated.

You can also try updating your drivers, and you can do that by downloading the drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Alternatively, feel free to use a dedicated tool such as DriverFix to automatically update all your drivers.

2. Access Safe Mode

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Accessing the Safe Mode won’t fix the problem, but if you can’t boot to your system, you’ll need to proceed with the given methods while in Safe Mode.

  1. Let your PC restart a couple of times during the boot. Alternatively, click the Power icon on the login screen, hold Shift, and select Restart.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the list of options.
  3. Now navigate to Advanced options.
  4. Navigate to Startup settings.
  5. Now click the Restart button.
  6. Press 5 on your keyboard to start Safe Mode with Networking.

Need more methods to access Safe Mode? In this case, check our guide for the best ways to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode.

3. Run the built-in troubleshooters

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Settings.
  2. Go to the Troubleshoot in the right pane.
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
  4. Run a couple of troubleshooters and check if they managed to fix the problem.

If your Windows 11 Start menu is not working, it can be related to some random, temporary bugs. In this case, we have a guide dedicated to solving the Windows 11 Start menu issues right away.

4. Use SFC and DISM

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Windows Terminal (Admin).
  2. Now run the following command: sfc /scannow
  3. Wait for the scan to finish, restart your PC and check if the problem is still there.
  4. If the issue still appears, start the Terminal again, and run the following commands:
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

5. Remove problematic updates

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You might have to repeat this procedure for multiple updates in order to fix the problem.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter appwiz.cpl. Click OK.
  2. Go to View installed updates.
  3. Double-click the update you want to remove.

6. Reset Windows 11

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This is a relatively simple process but if you choose to perform it, be sure to back up all your important files.

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings.
  2. Navigate to the System section and select Recovery.
  3. Now click the Reset PC button.
  4. Select the desired option. In most cases, it’s better to use Remove everything, but if you choose it, be sure to back up your files beforehand.
  5. Select the type of reinstall that you want. We used the Local reinstall.
  6. Confirm your reinstall settings.
  7. Click Reset to start the process.
  8. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish it.

Be sure to check our detailed article on how to reset Windows 11 for detailed instructions.

What is the minidump file and where can it be found?

Once a system crash occurs, your PC will memorize the events that caused it and write them down in a minidump, also known as DMP, file.

Minidump file works as a crash log and it holds important information that might help you diagnose the problem and find the cause of the BSoD.

Regarding the location, you can find the minidump files in the following directory: C:\Windows\Minidump

You can also use the MEMORY.DMP file for diagnostics, but it usually contains more information, much of which isn’t crucial.

How can I change my system crash settings?

  1. Press Windows Key + R, type sysdm.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the Advanced tab and click on Settings in the Startup and Recovery section.
  3. Now you can change the settings as needed. By default, the settings should look like on the screenshot below:
  4. Optional: The only setting that you might want to disable is Automatically restart in order to see the name of the stop code better.

Fixing BSoD errors such as Critical Process Died on Windows 11 can be complicated, but hopefully, you found our article informative and you managed to fix the problem.

This error is usually caused by damaged system files, so be sure to check your system and repair it if needed.

Also, don’t forget to check your drivers and update them if that’s the case. These tips also apply if you happen to encounter the Critical process died in Windows 10.

Did you find a solution on your own? Share it with us in the comments section below.

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