FULL FIX: PROCESS1 INITIALIZATION FAILED error in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
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Hot to fix PROCESS1 INITIALIZATION FAILED error in Windows 10

STOP errors, also known as Blue Screen of Death errors, are probably one of the most problematic errors on Windows 10.

These types of errors are often caused by faulty hardware or a software issue, and since these errors restart your PC whenever they appear they can be rather troublesome.

There is a wide range of these errors available, and since these types of errors are so problematic, today we’re going to show you how to fix PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED BSoD error.

How can I fix PROCESS1 INITIALIZATION FAILED error?

  1. Update Windows 10 and your drivers
  2. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Delete your antivirus
  6. Run chkdsk scan
  7. Delete the Bootcat.cache
  8. Disable Secure Boot
  9. Check your hardware

Steps to fix PROCESS1 INITIALIZATION FAILED

Solution 1 – Update Windows 10 and your drivers

Windows 10 is constantly getting better with new improvements and features.

In order to get the latest features it’s important to run Windows Update on a regular basis and download all pending updates.

In addition to new features, there are many security improvements and various bug fixes related to both hardware and software.

Since BSoD errors such as PROCESS1 INITIALIZATION FAILED can be caused by hardware or software incompatibility, be sure to download Windows updates as often as you can to prevent these types of issues.

Downloading Windows updates is important for system security and stability, but it’s just as important to keep your drivers up to date.

Outdated or incompatible drivers won’t be able to work with your hardware and that can cause a BSoD error.

In order to avoid these types of issues, it’s recommended that you download and install the latest drivers for your hardware.

In order to update a certain driver, you just need to head over to your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.

Update drivers automatically

Searching for drivers on your own can be time-consuming. So, we advise you to use a tool that will do this for you automatically.

Using an automatic driver updater will certainly save you from the hassle of searching for drivers manually, and it will always keep your system up to date with the latest drivers.

Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. 

After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.

Here is a quick guide on how to use 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.
    scanning proccess of Tweakbit driver updater
  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.

Solution 2 – Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 

If updating your drivers didn’t get the job done, let’s try and run Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting too. This tool is designed to address all kinds of system errors.

So, trying to resolve the PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error is a logical next step.

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

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security, and select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.Troubleshooting BSoD
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.

Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan

The next troubleshooting tool we’re going to try here is the SFC scan. This is a command-line tool that scans your system for corrupt files, and repairs them.

So, if a corupt system file is the reason you’re getting the ROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED, the SFC scan will likely resolve the problem.

Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
  4. If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Solution 4 – Run DISM

And the third troubleshooter we’re going to use here is DISM. This tool re-deploys the system image, which usually leads to resolving various problems.

In that manner, DISM could also be helpful when dealing with the PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error.

We’ll walk you through both standard and the procedure that utilizes the installation media below:

  • Standard way
  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Paste the following command and press Enter:
      • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the scan is finished.
  4. Restart your computer and try updating again.
  • With the Windows installation media
  1. Insert your Windows installation media.
  2. Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  4. Now, type the following command and press Enter:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  5. Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
  6. After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Delete your antivirus

Antivirus software can often cause PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED and many other types of BSoD errors, so in order to fix this issue, you’ll have to uninstall your antivirus software.

It’s worth mentioning that any third-party antivirus program can cause this error, so be sure to uninstall every antivirus software from your PC.

Bear in mind that uninstalling the antivirus software might not fix the problem, therefore you’ll have to use a dedicated uninstaller tool.

Many security companies offer these tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus program.

If removing your antivirus fixes the Blue Screen of Death error, you can now download and install the latest version of the antivirus software that you were previously using.

Alternatively, you can download and install one of the best antivirus programs for Windows 10.

Solution 6 – Run chkdsk scan

BSoD errors such as PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED can sometimes be caused by corrupted files on your hard drive, and in order to fix this problem you have to run chkdsk scan.

To start a chkdsk scan, you need to do the following:

  1. Restart your computer few times while it boots in order to start Automatic Repair. Alternatively you can just press and hold Shift and click the Restart button.
    restart
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
  3. When Command Prompt starts, enter chkdsk /f /r C: and press Enter to run it.
    chkdsk-cmd
  4. Wait for the scan to finish.

Bear in mind that you might need to scan all hard drive partitions, so be sure to repeat the scan and replace C with a letter that matches a certain partition.

Solution 7 – Delete the Bootcat.cache

Sometimes Bootcat.cache file can get corrupted and that will give you PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED BSoD error.

This error can prevent Windows 10 from starting, so you’ll have to delete the problematic file using Command Prompt. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Start Automatic Repair, choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt. For detailed instructions check the previous solution.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to run it:
    • C:
    • cd windows/system32/codeintegrity
    • del bootcat.cache
  3. Enter exit and press Enter to close Command Prompt.

After you delete the Bootcat.cache file, Windows 10 will recreate it and PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error should be fixed.

If you don’t feel comfortable using Command Prompt you can always use Linux from a USB flash drive to locate and delete the file manually.

It’s worth mentioning that some users managed to fix this problem by copying Bootcat.cache file from another identical operating system, so you should try that as well.

Solution 8 – Disable Secure Boot

Many users reported that disabling Secure Boot fixed the PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED errors for them. To disable Secure Boot you’ll have to enter BIOS and disable this feature.

For detailed instructions on how to do that, check your motherboard manual.

Solution 9 – Check your hardware

PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED and many other BSoD errors are often caused by hardware.

Therefore be sure to remove and replace any recently installed hardware since it might not be compatible with your PC.

If new hardware isn’t causing the problem, be sure to check other hardware components.

A common cause for BSoD errors is RAM, and in order to test your RAM, you can just remove all but one RAM modules and try them one by one.

It’s also recommended to download and run MemTest86+ in order to thoroughly test your RAM.

Users also reported that hard drive can be the often cause for this error, so be sure to check it as well.

If none of these components are faulty be sure to check all other remaining components.

PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED BSoD error can be problematic, but users reported that they managed to fix this problem mostly by replacing or deleting the corrupt Bootcat.cache file or by disabling Secure Boot.

If these solutions don’t work for you, feel free to try other solutions from this article.

FAQ: Read more about the PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error

  • What is a PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error?

The PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error is a BSoD error that can be caused by a high number of possible reasons including hardware problems, your antivirus, software conflicts, and many others.

  • How can I fix the PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error?

Update Windows 10 and your drivers, then tun the BSOD Troubleshooter. If that doesn’t solve your problem, read our full, step-by-step guide to fix it.

  • How do I check my blue screen error?

The error should appear on the blue screen itself. If you didn’t see it, the information about the crash can be found in the Event Viewer.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • could you help me with solution 3. my pc doesnt turn on or starts automatic reapir, which is the restart button.
    i have a hp pavilion dv7 and i dont want to loose any of my data.