Fix Windows 10 Live kernel event 141 error with ease

Andrew Wafer
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  • You might be wondering what went wrong. Well, this Windows 10 Live kernel event 141 error appears due to corrupted drivers or third-party software tools.
  • That’s why disconnecting external devices, manually reinstalling the video graphic drivers or initiating a clean boot is recommended.
  • We have a dedicated hub that will help you troubleshoot other Hardware errors you may experience. Just don't hesitate to visit it next.
  • Many users are constantly on a wild goose chase, trying to find the best fixes. Don’t be one of them and keep in mind that you can always check out our Windows 10 Troubleshooting Hub.
Fix Windows 10 Live kernel event 141 error

If you recently experienced the Live kernel event 141 error on your Windows 10 device, you are in the right place.

In this article, we will review the reasons why this malfunction can occur in the first place and try to fix it by using dedicated troubleshooting solutions.


Right from the start, you need to know that the Live kernel event 141 error is happening due to corrupted drivers or because of certain third-party software.

Anyway, with the right solutions, you can address this malfunction and in that matter, you can use the steps from this tutorial.

How can I fix the Windows 10 Live kernel event 141 error?

1. Disconnect external devices

Since there might be a conflict between certain drivers within the Windows 10 system, you should start the troubleshooting process by disconnecting the peripherals. Do that and check if the issue persists.

Afterward, you can reconnect your external devices, but when you do so also reinstall any associated drivers from scratch.

If needed, go to Device Manager first and uninstall these drivers (press Win+X hotkeys, click on Device Manager and select the drivers that must be uninstalled).

If you want to completely remove the drivers from your Windows 10 PC, you may consider using an uninstaller. Check out this list with the best uninstaller software available right now.

2. Apply Windows 10 updates waiting for your approval

If your system is not running on the latest available updates, you might receive the Live kernel event 141 error. So, check and apply the updates that might be waiting for your approval in the background.

You can complete this task by following:

  1. Press the Win+I keyboard hotkeys.
  2. From System Settings click on Update & Security.fix update and security not working windows 10
  3. From the window that will be opened, under Windows Update you should be able to search for any possible rollouts.
  4. Note: if an update is already available it will be displayed automatically.
  5. So, agree with the update process and just wait while the new firmware patch is flashed.
  6. In the end, restart your Windows 10 device.

If you can’t open the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue easily.

Having trouble updating your Windows? Check out this guide that will help you solve them in no time.


3. Initiate a clean boot

With a clean boot, you can run the Windows 10 system on minimal features.

So, if a third party app was causing the Live kernel event 141 error now you can eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program or an update or when you use a process that’s not compatible with the Windows 10 OS.

Here is how you can initiate the clean boot:

  1. Press Win+R hotkeys and in the RUN field that will be opened enter msconfig.msconfig windows 10
  2. Under System Configuration select the General tab.
  3. Look for the Selective Startup entry and uncheck the ‘load startup item’ option.
  4. Go to the Services tab.
  5. Click on the hide all Microsoft services check-box and hit Disable all.clean boot windows 10
  6. Next, access the Startup tab and click on the open task manager link.
  7. From Task Manager disable all Startup programs.
  8. Save your changes and close these windows.
  9. Restart your Windows 10 system.

If you want to know how to add or remove startup apps on Windows 10, check out this simple guide.

Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.

4. Uninstall the video graphic drivers and reinstall it manually

If after applying the steps from above you are still experiencing the Live kernel event 141 error you should reinstall the graphic cards drivers.

But first, you need to uninstall the existing drivers and here is how you can do that:

  1. Press the Win+X keyboard hotkeys.
  2. From the list that opens choose Device Manager.device manager drivers
  3. Under Device Manager look for your graphic drivers.
  4. Right-click on each one and select uninstall.
  5. You can also remove associated files with these drivers from Apps & Features: click on the Search Field (click on the Cortana icon) and enter apps and features and click on the result with the same name.

After removing any installed drivers you should access your manufacturer’s official webpage and download the drivers from there.

You need to manually install these drivers after that by running the associated executable file and by following on-screen prompts.

You can also use Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) to remove your graphics card driver properly. Check this dedicated guide to find out more about what is DDU and how you can use it.

Want the latest GPU drivers? Bookmark this page and always stay updated with the latest and greatest.

So, these are the troubleshooting solutions that can be applied for fixing the Windows 10 Live kernel event 141 error, assuming that there was no problem with your hardware that caused Windows to stop working correctly.

If you managed to address this issue by using a different method, share your experience with us – we will then update this tutorial accordingly, giving you the credit for providing additional solutions.

You can get in touch with us easily by using the comments section from down below.

FAQ: Learn more about Live kernel event 141/hardware problems

  • What causes Live kernel event 141?

There are numerous reasons due to which you’re getting the Live kernel event 141 error. Corrupted drivers and third-party software tools are some of the most common ones.

  • How to diagnose Live kernel event 141?

Google Chrome blacking out, video playing stopping all of a sudden, and games experiencing frequent crashes are all signs that help you diagnose the Live kernel event 141 error.

  • How do I fix hardware problems?

You don’t always need to pay a visit to the computer repair shop to fix them. Some problems can be solved by tweaking the settings or using a software tool.

For example, here’s how to fix a USB 3.0 port not recognized on your computer.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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