- The 0x00000124 error is pretty scary because it shuts down or restarts Windows.
- You will also get The system encountered an uncorrectable hardware error message.
- Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is reported after a critical error that the system was unable to repair automatically. Learn more about Blue Screen Errors.
- If you experienced any other Windows 10 errors, check out our Windows 10 Errors Hub.
The 0x00000124 error is a scary blue screen issue that shuts down or restarts Windows.
It presents an extended error message that states, The system encountered an uncorrectable hardware error.
The error message includes the 0x00000124 code and makes it fairly clear that this is primarily a hardware issue.
If your desktop or laptop has displayed the 0x00000124 error message more than once, this is how you can fix the issue.
How do I fix STOP 0x00000124 BSoD error on PC?
1. Update Device Drivers
It’s often the case that blue screen hardware issues are due to an outdated or corrupted driver.
Driver software is fairly essential to hardware, so updating antiquated drivers is a potential fix for the 0x00000124 error.
Windows automatically updates more essential drivers, but that doesn’t guarantee that none are outmoded.
You can quickly scan drivers with the DriverFix utility that updates and fixes drivers for a multitude of hardware devices.
That will automatically scan for outdated drivers and list those that need updating.
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2. Scan the Registry
Fixing registry errors might resolve the 0x00000124 issue. Windows doesn’t include a utility to scan the registry with. However, you can scan the registry with numerous third-party utilities.
CCleaner includes a swift and thorough registry cleaner. This is how you can scan the registry with CCleaner.
- Click Download on this website page to save CCleaner’s installer to hard drive.
- Open CCleaner’s setup wizard to install the software.
- Open CCleaner and click Registry to open the registry cleaner shown below.
- Select all the checkboxes for the most extensive registry scan.
- Press the Scan for Issues button.
- Then select the Fix selected issue option to repair the detected registry issues.
- A dialog box window opens from which you can select to back up the registry. Select Yes, choose a folder to save the backup to and click Save.
- Press the Fix All Selected Issues button to finish.
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3. Open the Blue Screen Troubleshooter
You can open that troubleshooter via the settings app as follows.
- Click the Cortana button, and enter troubleshoot in the search box.
- Select Troubleshoot to open the window in the snapshot below, which includes a list of troubleshooters.
Select the Blue Screen troubleshooter and press the Run the troubleshooter button to open its window directly below. The troubleshooter will automatically scan.
4. Check for Windows Updates
Windows updates also update drivers and might include hotfixes for blue screen errors. Windows 10 usually automatically updates itself unless you have switched the update service off.
However, you can also manually check for updates to see if there are any available.
- Press the Cortana button on the Windows 10 taskbar, and enter the keyword ‘Windows updates’ in the search box.
- Click Check for updates to open the Settings window as in the shot directly below.
- Press the Check for updates button to scan for updates.
- Windows will then list available updates if there are any. Press the Install now button to install new updates.
5. Scan System Files
Corrupt OS system files might be responsible for the 0x00000124 error. The System File Checker is a tool you can utilize in the Command Prompt.
The SFC scans for corrupted system files and might also repair any that it detects. This is how you can run an SFC scan.
- Enter Command Prompt in the Cortana search box.
- Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator to open the Prompt’s window.
- Enter sfc /scannow in the Prompt window and press the Return key to initiate a scan.
- Restart Windows if the SFC repairs files.
6. Unplug Newly Installed Hardware
The 0x00000124 error message states, Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. Have you installed a new hardware device?
If so, double-check that you’ve installed all the required software and updates for the hardware as outlined within its manual.
Hardware such as graphics cards can also have specific system requirements. Check that your PC matches the hardware device’s system requirements listed on its box or in the manual.
If the hardware is not entirely compatible with your desktop, you should certainly unplug it.
So long as you kept its receipt, you can return the device to the vendor and replace it with a compatible alternative.
7. Switch off the C1E Enhanced Halt State Setting
The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is a program outside of Windows that includes extra hardware settings.
C1E Enhanced Halt State is a setting included in the BIOS that you can fix 0x00000124 error with.
This is how you can disable C1E Enhanced Halt State to fix the 0x00000124 issue.
- To open the BIOS, restart Windows and press F2 as it reboots.
- Then select Advanced Chipset Features and CPU Configurations with the keyboard keys. You can navigate through the menus with the keyboard’s arrow and Enter keys.
- Select the C1E Enhanced Halt State setting, and press the Enter key.
- Now you can select a Disable option to switch the setting off.
- You can save the changes by pressing F10.
- Exit the BIOS and restart Windows.
8. Roll Windows Back to a Restore Point
If you recently added any kind of new software to Windows just before the blue screen issue occurred, there’s always a chance the software might in some way be responsible for the 0x00000124 error.
The 0x00000124 error message also suggests that you remove recently installed software.
The System Restore tool will automatically remove apps and drivers added to Windows after a selected date and undo system file and registry changes.
Thus, rolling Windows back to a restore point is another potential resolution.
- Press the Win key + R hotkey to open Run.
- Enter ‘rstrui.exe’ in Run’s text box and click OK to open System Restore.
- Click the Choose a different restore point option to select an alternative date to roll Windows back to.
- Next, select the Show more restore points option so that you have a full list of restore points to choose from.
- Select a restore point to roll Windows back to.
- Press Next > Finish to confirm your selected restore point and restart Windows.
Overall, there are numerous potential resolutions for the STOP 0x00000124 error. Windows repair software might also come in handy for fixing various blue screen issues.
This Windows Report post also provides some more general fixes for blue screen errors.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.