- SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION is a Blue Screen of Death error that has been present on all versions of Windows, and today we will show you how to fix this error on Windows 10.
- Generally this type of error occurs because of a bad driver which was installed or updated. The filename that appears in the error could indicate which one has caused the issue.
- Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) type of errors are very annoying because they interrupt your work and sometimes cause you to lose unsaved data. We have many guides to fix them.
- Big or small, errors that occur on your device are unwanted. Take a look at our Windows 10 errors hub for great info on dealing with them.
8. Update your drivers
If your graphics card driver is out of date, there’s a chance you’ll encounter this issue. So, the obvious solution, in this case, is to update your GPU drivers.
If you’re not sure how to do that, just follow the instructions from down below:
- Go to Search, type devicemngr, and open Device Manager.
- Expand Display Adapters.
- Right-click your graphics card, and go to Update driver.
- Let your computer automatically find new drivers for your GPU. Wait for the process to finish.
- Restart your computer.
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9. Disable third-party antivirus
There are some reports suggesting that your third-party antivirus is actually the culprit of this issue. The only way to find out if that’s indeed the case is to disable your antivirus temporarily.
If you stop receiving this error after disabling your antivirus, you know what’s up.
In that case, try updating your antivirus to the latest version. If you keep experiencing BSODs, consider changing your antivirus solution, or switch to Windows Defender.
Did you know that your antivirus or Firewall can block certain apps and trigger errors? Check out this guide to find out more.
10. Run the troubleshooter
If you’re running Windows 10 Creators Update (or newer), you can use Microsoft’s built-in troubleshooting tool, simply called the Troubleshooter.
Just like the sfc/scannow, this tool also deals with various system issues, including BSOD errors like SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION. Here’s how to run the Troubleshooter in Windows 10:
- Go to the Settings app
- Head over to Update & Security > Troubleshoot
- Find BSOD, and click Run the troubleshooter
- Follow further on-screen instructions
- Restart your computer
If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.
11. Check the hard drive
We’re now going to check if everything’s okay with your hard drive configuration. Because a corrupted system drive can also cause this problem. Here’s how to check your disk:
- Go to the Command Prompt (as shown above).
- Enter the following line and press Enter on your keyboard: chkdsk /f C:
- Wait for the process to finish.
- Restart your computer.
12. Run Windows Memory Diagnostic tool
After checking your hard disk, let’s check your RAM memory, as well. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Search, type memory diagnostic, and open Memory Diagnostic Tool
- When the window pops up, choose Restart now and check for problems.
- Let your PC restart.
If you want to know more about the Memory Diagnostic Tool and what it does, check out this guide.
13. Update BIOS
If you’re still having problems with the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error, we’ll try one more serious and ‘dangerous’ measure. And that is updating your BIOS.
Updating BIOS can be risky because if you don’t know what you’re doing and something goes wrong, you can render your motherboard unusable.
If you want to find out more about flashing BIOS, check the article below. But still, don’t do this by yourself, if you’re not sure what you’re doing.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.