Fix: Kernel security check failure RAM in Windows 10

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The KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE is one of the BSOD errors and it occurs when there is something creating problems in your Windows operating system. The error occurs when the kernel notices the corruption of serious data configuration in your OS and it can be hard to trace the pathway creating the problem. However, many Windows 10 users reported the problem to have occurred after they upgraded the RAM. If you are experiencing the same problem, you might want to try the various workarounds discussed below.

But first, here are some more examples of this issue:

  • Kernel security check failure USB tethering – Users report that kernel security check failure issues usually happen during USB tethering.
  • Kernel security check failure loop – It’s possible to get into an infinite loop of this BSOD error. In that case, you need to act promptly, and resolve the issue as soon as possible.
  • Kernel security check failure overclock – Users also report that this issue can happen in PC configurations with overclocked CPUs.
  • Kernel security check failure after sleep – Another common time for this issue to appear is right after the Sleep Mode.

How to fix the Kernel Security Check Failure error

Table of contents: 

  1. Check the RAM to fix the problem
  2. Check the Hard Disc for Errors
  3. Run the System File Checker
  4. Run the DISM
  5. Run the Hardware troubleshooter
  6. Scan your computer for viruses
  7. Make sure drivers are up to date

Solution 1 – Check the RAM to fix the problem

The RAM can be the source of the problem that causes your computer to restart and to display the Kernel security check failure error. If the problem began after you swapped the RAM with a newer one, try to put the old RAM back. If it works fine with the old RAM, then the problem might be with the new RAM. For almost every motherboard, the manufacturer normally displays a list of RAM that have been tested with that motherboard.

You might want to check whether your new RAM is on the list or use one that is listed. Also, ensure that the RAM is properly fitted in the right place. You can also use the Memory Diagnostic Tool in Windows 10 to check for memory problems, including testing of the RAM on your computer. Various sources also pointed out that the error is very likely to result from driver incompatibility problems.

Solution 2 – Check the Hard Disc for Errors

You will need to scan the hard disk for errors. To do so, close all open files and programs and follow the procedure below.

  • Go to Start > Type “command prompt” >Right-click on it, and select “Run as administrator”.
  • Now, type “CHKDSK C: /F”.
  • Hence, type CHKDSK C: /R without quotes in the Command Prompt and hit “Enter” key.Kernel security check failure loop
  • After CHKDSK process, restart your PC afterward.

Solution 3 – Run the System File Checker

The System File Checker (SFC) is a utility in Windows that can scan and restore the corrupted system files. If at any given time you interfered with the system files or maybe you have replaced or applied some tweaks to the system files while customizing your Windows, and now you find that your OS is misbehaving, you may want to run this utility first. To do so, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click on Start and run Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line type sfc/scannow and press Enter.Kernel security check failure usb tethering
  3. Wait for the process to complete and restart PC.

Solution 4 – Run the DISM

The next troubleshooting tool we’re going to try is the DISM. Here’s how to run DISM in Windows 10:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as shown above.
  2. Enter the following command and press Enter:
      • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /RestorehealthKernel security check failure sleep
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. In case the DISM can’t obtain files online, try using your installation USB or DVD. Insert media and type following command:
      • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSource\Windows /LimitAccess
  6. Make sure to replace ”C:\RepairSource\Windows” path of your DVD or USB.
  7. Follow further on-screen instructions.

Solution 5 – Run the BSOD troubleshooter

If DISM failed to resolve the problem, let’s try Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool can help you resolve various issues, including BSOD errors.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter:

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Head over to Updates & Security Troubleshoot. 
    3. Select Blue Screen, and go to Run the Troubleshooter. Kernel security check failure overclock
    4. Follow further on-screen instructions and let the process finish.
    5. Restart your computer.

Solution 6 – Scan your computer for viruses

Viruses are a common cause of various BSOD errors, and it might be the case here, as well. So, make sure to run your antivirus software or at least Windows Defender and check if your computer is virus-free.

Solution 7 – Make sure drivers are up to date

Another common cause of BSOD errors in Windows 10 are outdated or damaged drivers. So, make sure all your drivers are up to date. If you’re not sure how to update your drivers, check out this article.

Update drivers automatically

In order to prevent PC damage by installing the wrong driver versions,  we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool.

This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus and will help you update all outdated drivers safely. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
    2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
      driver updater scanning for drivers windows 10
    3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.Automatically Update complete
      Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Also, take a moment to think if you have recently installed a new update or updated any of your drivers such as a graphic card driver. If the problem started after you updated a driver, then it would be a good move to roll back to the old version of the driver. Keep in mind that a virus can also cause your system to misbehave, so before you perform any of the above procedures, it is advisable to first run a full system scan with your antivirus software.

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

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