Was there a time when you were working or playing a video game on your new Windows 10 or 8 operating system and you got the “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” error message? Don’t be alarmed because you will see the reason as for why Windows is acting like this and the steps you need to take to fix this issue.
If you accidentally deleted, or perhaps because a specific program deleted, registry files from your System 32 folder in the Windows partition, then you will most likely get the error message “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.” If your RAM in Windows 10 or 8 devices is running at a higher percentage than the operating system accepts, then you will also get this error message.
Note: The high percentage of RAM usage can be caused by a specific application that you may have installed recently.
To recap, here’s the list of causes that are the reason of ‘Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart’ on WIndows 10 and 8:
- A recent hardware of System changes
- Registry changes that might create a conflict
- Force shutdowns (or any other wrong system shutdowns)
- Wrong driver installations (wrong versions, for example)
Below, you will find the solutions that will help you solving ‘Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart’ issue.
Solve “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” in Windows 10 and 8
What are the solutions proposed in order to fix this problem (click to jump to the solution):
- Boot into safe mode
- Run the System File Checker (SFC)
- Modify the Memory Dump Setting
- Perform a System Restore
- Update Device Drivers
- Check for Windows Updates
- Select the Startup Repair Option
Boot Into Safe Mode
The first thing you should do is reboot Windows in Safe Mode. Even if you can log in to Windows without Safe Mode, you should still do so. On older Windows desktops or laptops, you might be able to boot into Safe Mode by pressing the F8 or Shift + F8 hotkeys while the OS is booting. However, that doesn’t work in more update Windows 10 and 8 PCs.
- So long as you can reach the login screen, you can enter Safe Mode by holding the Shift key and selecting Power > Restart. That will then open a blue troubleshooting screen.
- Press the Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and Restart buttons.
- Next, select Safe Mode from the Advanced Boot Options list.
Run the System File Checker (SFC)
- Press the Win key + X hotkey to open the Win X menu.
- After the menu opens, select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Enter ‘sfc /scannow’ in the Command Prompt window.
- Press the Enter key on the keyboard.
- Let the SFC scan finish, and see if you still have the same error message appearing after this.
Modify the Memory Dump Setting
- Right-click your My Computer (or This PC) icon on the desktop or in File Explorer.
- Click on the Properties option.
- Select Advanced system settings on the left of the System tab.
- Click on the Advanced tab in the upper side of the Properties window.
- Under the Start-up and Recovery topic left-click on Settings.
- Under the System failure topic you will need to uncheck the box next to Automatically restart.
- Under the Write debugging information topic, click on the drop-down menu and left-click again on the Complete memory dump option.
- Left-click on the OK button.
- Left-click on the Apply button to save the changes.
- Reboot your Windows device.
- Check to see if you still have the error “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.”
Perform a System Restore
System Restore rolls your desktop back to a previous date. Thus, it could feasibly remove any recently installed software or apps that might have modified system files. You can run the System Restore tool in Windows as follows.
- Press the Win + key + R keyboard shortcut to open Run.
- Enter ‘rstrui’ in the text box and press OK.
- Press the Next button and click the Show more restore points option.
- Now select a restore point that will restore Windows back to date when you weren’t getting the blue screen error.
- Press the Next and Finish buttons to restore Windows.
- Restart Windows when the System Restore tool has weaved its magic.
Update Device Drivers
Outdated, incompatible or corrupted device drivers might be behind the error. So updating drivers could be a good fix. The drivers to pay most attention to are the display, wireless and Ethernet adapter drivers. You could update those drivers by opening the Device Manager in Windows and selecting either their Update Driver Software or Uninstall context menu options as covered in this article. If you select Uninstall, you’ll need to install the latest drivers.
However, we recommend updating and fixing drivers with the Driver Booster 4 Free software for Windows. That supports hundreds of thousands of devices and drivers. You can add the freeware version to Windows by pressing the Free Download button on this page. That utility will scan for and highlight outdated drivers when you launch it. Thereafter, you can press an Update All button on the program’s window to install the latest drivers.
Check for Windows Updates
Updating Windows can also be a good fix for blue screen stop errors. So long as the Windows Update Service is enabled, Windows will probably be up to date. However, it might still be worth checking for updates nonetheless. You can do that as follows.
- Press the Cortana button on the Windows 10 taskbar and enter ‘update’ in the search box.
- Select Check for updates to open the window directly below.
- Now press the Check for updates button there.
Select the Startup Repair Option
This is a fix if you can’t boot into the Windows login screen. When that happens, a Recovery screen usually opens from which you can select a Startup Repair option. Alternatively, an OS recovery disc might have also come with your laptop or desktop. If it did, this is how you can fix the error with the recovery disc.
- Insert your OS recovery disc, switch on PC and then press any key to boot from the DVD.
- That will open Windows Setup from which you can press Next.
- Then select the Repair your computer option.
- Press the Troubleshoot > Advanced options buttons and select the Startup Repair option.
- Next, select the target operating system to fix.
- Windows will initiate the repair and then restart.
Note: In case you still have this issue, I would suggest you take the device to the store where you bought it from because it is most likely a hardware malfunction.
Now you have seven ways to fix the “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” error, you can fix the issue in Windows 10 or 8. Also write any other issues regarding this subject below, and we will help you further with this case.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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