FIX: LiveKernelEvent error causes Windows 10 to stop working

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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  • Patch Tuesday updates are awesome. However, Microsoft sometimes releases patches that aren't adequately tested.
  • The annoying LiveKernelEvent error causing Windows 10 to stop working properly is such an example. Read the lines below to further understand the reasons behind it.
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Fix LiveKernelEvent error

Windows 10 users report that Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows 10 to stop working correctly. Thousands of users viewed this forum thread dedicated to the annoying LiveKernelEvent error.

So, this error message is affecting a large number of computers. Judging by reports, it appears the LiveKernelEvent error is prevalent for Windows 10 computers.

At the same time, users confirm this problem appeared after they installed the latest cumulative updates for Windows 10.

LiveKernelEvent error plagues Windows 10 users, as we may all see:

I am going quietly nuts over the following. I am not using the beta versions of Wiindows 10 available in Windows Insider. The problem has occurred several times since last week […]

A problem with your hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.
Problem signature
Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
Code: ab […]

How can I fix LiveKernelEvent error?

1. Use hardware diagnostic tools

Is LiveKernelEvent error a hardware failure? Users often confirm that their computers have no hardware problems. However, you may also use the best hardware diagnostic tools for PC to rule out this option.

2. Fire up SFC/DISM scans

While some say that the SFC/scannow command finds nothing and DISM scan health reports no problems, you could also try firing up SFC/DISM scans to confirm that’s your case as well.

scannow command has stopped before the process finished? Don’t worry, we’ve got an easy fix for you.

Any ideas on how to fix LiveKernelEvent error? When no hardware failure is involved and SFC/DISM scans report no issues, you may look for signs of viruses or further inspect the latest Windows 10 cumulative updates.

Well, Event Viewer reports no critical errors and the Windows 10 hardware troubleshooter doesn’t find anything wrong.

Since all these checks couldn’t pinpoint the exact root cause of this issue, Windows 10 users concluded that the problem occurred as a result of installing the latest Windows 10 cumulative updates.

It seems to be a bug – from MS!
I have seen it on several and different kinds of computers, and asked around some really qualified experts and they dont know anything about it, and if they knew they dont know how to fix it! Some therefore said it’s a bug. […]
The “thing” is – it dont occur every day, but, as it seems, randomly… Which could be a good indication for a bug! So – it’s up to MS to try to find what’s up! And a solution to this problem! Come on MS!

If, by any chance, you’ve come across a workaround for this LiveKernelEvent error, feel free to list the troubleshooting steps in the comments section below.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2016 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • So the problem comes from this KernelEvent and the program can fix it, but i got to pay a monthly sub for this program? wtf

    Not other programs to fix this?

  • I have had this same error 14 x’s since October. I am not sure if it is related to my computer freezing every 3 mins for 1 min. It is impossible to do anything on my computer. Event View shows no events happening when this freeze is on. But I catch a glimpse of System Interrupts using a high % of CPU usage. Or Explorer, Broker thing. It gets so bad my mouse won’t move and it will often disconnect me from online, I have tons of errors for internet stuff. This has been going on since the upgrade to Win10 but worse in the last 2 months, last 2 weeks have been miserable.

  • I have this problem, and all my drivers are updated and SFC and DISM always come up clean. What can be done?

    A problem with your hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.

    Problem signature
    Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
    Code: ab
    Parameter 1: 1
    Parameter 2: 3a0
    Parameter 3: 380
    Parameter 4: 600000005
    OS version: 10_0_14393
    Service Pack: 0_0
    Product: 768_1
    OS Version: 10.0.14393.
    Locale ID: 1033

    • I, like others, have been investigating this issue for a long time. I use several external USB drives on my lap-top. I got rid of the pesky “Hardware Error – LiveKernelEvent, code 144” by simply disabling the USB Selective Suspend setting under power options. BTW, I also have a dead secondary AMD GPU that I was pretty convinced was the cause, until I stumbled upon the idea of disabling the USB Selective Suspend option. This solution might work for others.