FIX: CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • This error is a Blue Screen of Death error and it’s usually related to drivers
  • These issues can be caused by additional devices attached to your computer.
  • If a Windows 10 error is the source of your sadness, visit our Windows 10 errors Hub
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How to fix CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION in Windows 10
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5. Check the hard drive

There’s also a chance your hard drive is somehow damaged or corrupt.

And that can also give you the CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION error. So, let’s check if there’s something wrong with your hard drive.

Here’s how to do that in Windows 10:

  1. Go to My Computer, right-click your system drive (most likely C:), and go to Properties.
  2. Head over to the Tools tab, click Error Checking, and go to Scan drive.Scanning the drive for errors
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Restart your computer.

You can also perform the error checking in the Command Prompt:

  1. Go to the Command Prompt (as shown above).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter on your keyboard: chkdsk /f C:
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Restart your computer.

6. Use Driver Verifier Manager

Driver Verifier Manager is a handy tool for resolving driver compatibility issues. This tool basically allows you to verify drivers from unofficial providers that Windows 10 doesn’t originally recognize.

So, if an unofficial driver gives you this error message because Windows 10 doesn’t recognize it, Driver Verifier Manager will probably handle it.

Here’s how to run Driver Verifier Manager in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Search, type verifier, and open verifier. 
  2. When the Driver Verifier Manager wizard pops up, select Create custom settings.Driver Verifier Manager
  3. Select every option except Randomized low resources simulation and DDI compliance checking and click Next. store data structure corruption BSOD
  4. Now, choose the Select driver names from a list option.MSDN bugcheck critical_structure_corruption
  5. After that, select all the drivers that appear as unofficial.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Now, go to search, type cmd, and open the Command Prompt as Administrator.
  8. Type in the following commands and press Enter after each one:
    • verifier /querysettings
    • verifier /reset
  9. Restart your computer.

7. Use Memory Diagnostic Tool 

And finally, in case your system memory causes the CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION error, let’s try to resolve it with the Memory Diagnostic Tool. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Search, type memory diagnostic, and open Memory Diagnostic Tool.
  2. When the window pops up, choose Restart now and check for problems.wdboot sys sys critical_structure_corruption
  3. Follow the further process.
  4. Let your computer restart.

8. Perform a clean install of Windows 10

Critical_structure_corruption error can be caused by software since software sometimes installs its own drivers, and this can cause issues, so maybe you should make a backup of all your files and perform a clean install of Windows 10.

Format your partition and install Windows 10 on an empty partition, without updating from Windows 8 or 7. If you don’t know how to do this, contact a professional.

That’s it. If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2015 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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