System Service Exception error on Windows 10 [FIXED]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • 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.
how to fix SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION error in Windows 10

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If your graphics card driver is out of date, there’s a chance you’ll encounter this issue.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:

  1. Go to Search, type devicemngr, and open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Display Adapters.
  3. Right-click your graphics card, and go to Update driver.
  4. Let your computer automatically find new drivers for your GPU. Wait for the process to finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

Did you know that the majority of Windows 10 users have outdated drivers? Be a step ahead using this guide.


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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.


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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:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Head over to Update & Security > Troubleshoot
  3. Find BSOD, and click Run the troubleshooter
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions
  5. Restart your computer

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.


If the Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, fix it with the help of this complete guide.


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:

  1. Go to the Command Prompt (as shown above).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter on your keyboard: chkdsk /f C:
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Restart your computer.

chkdsk is giving you headaches? Check out this quick guide to any issues with it.


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:

  1. Go to Search, type memory diagnostic, and open Memory Diagnostic Tool
  2. When the window pops up, choose Restart now and check for problems.
  3. 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.


Updating BIOS seems scary? Make things way easier with the help of this handy guide.


If you know any other ways on how to fix System Service Exception error in Windows 10, go ahead and leave your comment in the box from below.

Also, leave there any other questions you may have and we’ll be sure to take a look.


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.
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  • None of the above solutions are applicable on this computer with Windows 10. We even set the computer on “Airplane Mode” and still the same BSOD happens, whether there is a video running or not. Looks like Windows 10 hasn’t really got out of the “Beta test” and that we’re all still acting with tests.

  • Dear sir,

    I have a Windows 10 pro 64-bit version on Acer Aspire M5201 computer. Since I installed the Windows 10 I have been getting all kinds of errors showing a message and at the same time the computer switches off and restarts again. This has happened many times every day when I start the computer.
    After a while I had decided to upgrade the BIOS version form American Megatrends inc. R01-B3, 31-oct-08 to R01-C0, 04-Jun-09, hoping it would solve the problem. But I am still getting the same error messages.
    Heir are some of the error message that I am getting:
    IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL,
    SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION
    BAD POOL HEADER
    KERNEL SECURITY CHECK FAILURE
    SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDELED
    KMODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDELED
    I really don’t know how to solve this problem, if you can help me please, I would appreciate it very much.
    Yours,
    Bob G.

  • I crush whenever I render with Handbrake, while everything goes perfectly when I render with Adobe Media Encoder. I have none of the programs you said to Uninstall . Please help , what shall I do?

  • I crash when I run bluestacks since I enabled the HyperX windows 10 feature.. bluestacks didn’t do this before so turning back off!

  • Mine was caused by MEmu android emulator.
    Its weird since just yesterday before I was made to re install windows 10, it was working just fine! in my new installation this has been the 3rd blue screen of death I’m faced!

  • MY PROBLEM IS windows 10. Mine keeps crashing with different BLUE SCREEN MESSAGES. You would think if someone paid this much for WINDOWS 10, it would run flawlessly!!! NOOOOOOOOOT!

  • I just started having this problem and i don’t have any of the above things installed (i do have a cam installed but it started before i installed it so i know for sure that it is not the one causing the problem)

  • I don’t have these either, mine is (asmtxhci.sys), so I don’t know what is causing this to happen. I cannot stay online for very long before it goes down again, then comes back up and then few minutes later it goes down.

    • That is a driver for AS Media USB 3.0 device. You probably just need a new driver. Either download it to a USB stick from another device, or boot in Safe Mode and disable the AS Media USB device. Then reboot in regular mode and you should be able to download the latest driver for it. Install it, then boot in Safe Mode again and re-enable it. Reboot to normal and you should be OK.

  • I didn’t have any of the installed programs you suggsted to ininstall, I even checked that all my drivers were up to date. I checked my hard drive for any broken pieces and even uninstalled a ton of games i no longer play, i still get the error every half hour to hour.

    • Just because your drivers are up to date doesn’t mean they aren’t corrupted, but that is an issue for me because if they’re up to date you cannot update them and get rid of the corruption.
      (Yes this is kind of late-)

  • I had the ks.sys at one point, but i have no webcam nor any of the programs installed.
    I’ve been getting up to 21 bsod’s in total the past 4 days.
    And i’ve tried everything from wiping harddrives, updating drivers, uninstalling them and so on.
    I ran it in cleanboot and was able to run a program which i wasn’t able to run before.
    Any suggestions?