Full Fix: SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic avatar. By: Milan Stanojevic
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Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by a faulty hardware or a software issue, and since they keep restarting your computer in order to prevent damage, they are one of the most troublesome errors on Windows 10. There are all sorts of BSoD errors, and today we’re going to show you how to fix SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX BSoD error.


Table of contents:

  1. Disable HDMI device from Device Manager
  2. Update Windows 10
  3. Update your drivers
  4. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter
  5. Run the SFC scan
  6. Run DISM
  7. Check the hard drive
  8. Reinstall your Sound Blaster driver
  9. Clean your PC and reseat your RAM modules
  10. Check for hardware problems

How to fix SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Disable HDMI device from Device Manager

As we mentioned earlier, BSoD errors are often caused by software problems, and few users reported that disabling their HDMI device fixed the SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error. Apparently, certain HDMI devices have problems with X-Fi sound cards, so in to fix this issue it’s advised to disable your HDMI device. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Power User Menu by pressing Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the menu.
  2. When Device Manager opens, you need to locate your HDMI device, right click it and choose Disable from the menu.

After disabling your HDMI device the problem with SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX BSoD error should be resolved.

Solution 2 – Update Windows 10

Windows 10 is constantly being upgraded by Microsoft, and many new features are being added. In addition to new features, Microsoft is fixing security flaws and compatibility issues with certain software and hardware. Since BSoD errors are caused by incompatible hardware or software, it’s recommended that you perform Windows Update regularly in order to keep Windows 10 running without any errors.

Solution 3 – Update your drivers

As previously mentioned, many BSoD errors can be caused by your software, and if your drivers aren’t fully compatible with Windows 10, you might get SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error. To fix this issue it’s strongly advised to keep your drivers up to date. Installing the latest drivers is relatively easy, and all you need to do is to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your devices. It’s worth mentioning that almost any driver can cause this error, so be sure to update as many drivers as you can.

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 4 – Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 

The next thing we’re going to try is Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool can be used for resolving all sorts of issues, including the BSOD problems.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s troubleshooter:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 5 – Run the SFC scan

The next troubleshooting tool we’re going to try is the SFC scan. This is a command line troubleshooter that can also resolve various system problems. So, it might be also helpful here.

  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 6 – Run DISM

DISM is a command line tool that deploys the system image all over again. That process can lead to resolving various problems, including the BSOD issues.

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 7 – Check the hard drive

If your hard drive is not in the best shape, BSOD errors will occur. In that manner, you should run a drive diagnostic tool, that will tell you if your hard drive is damaged.

Here’s how to run the chkdsk command in Windows 10:

  1. Enter the Advanced Startup (Restart your computer while holding the Shift key).
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options.
  3. Select Command Prompt from the list of options.
  4. When Command Prompt appears, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to run it:
    • bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
    • bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    • bootrec.exe /fixboot
  5. Some users are also suggesting that you need to run additional chkdsk commands as well. To perform these commands, you need to know drive letters for all your hard drive partitions. In Command Prompt you should enter the following (but remember to use the letters that match your hard drive partitions on your PC):
    • chkdsk /r c:
    • chkdsk /r d:

    This is just our example, so keep in mind that you have to perform chkdsk command for every hard drive partition that you have.

  6. Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 8 – Reinstall your Sound Blaster driver

Sometimes updating your drivers isn’t going to fix the BSoD error therefore you’ll have to remove the audio driver beforehand. Few users reported issues with Sound Blaster drivers, and they managed to fix SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX BSoD error simply by removing the Sound Blaster driver and reinstalling it. To uninstall your audio driver, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager from the list.
  2. When Device Manager starts, locate your audio driver, right click it and choose Uninstall. If available check Delete the driver software for this device and click OK.
  3. After deleting the driver, restart your PC.
  4. If the error is fixed and sound is working properly, you can continue using the default driver. If there are any sound problems, feel free to update your audio driver.

Although users reported problems with Sound Blaster audio driver, you can try this solution even if you don’t have use Sound Blaster audio.

Solution 9 – Clean your PC and reseat your RAM modules

Many BSoD errors are caused by RAM problems, and if you’re getting the SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error you might want to check your RAM. To complete this step, you’ll need to open your PC case, so make sure that your computer isn’t under warranty. Once you open your PC, you’ll need to clean it from dust with pressured air can. When your PC is clean from dust, carefully remove your RAM modules and switch their places. Several users reported that reseating the RAM modules permanently fixed the SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX BSoD error, so make sure to try that.

Solution 10 – Check for hardware problems

As previously mentioned, BSoD errors are commonly caused by a faulty RAM, so it’s always a good idea to test if your RAM is working properly. To do so, you can remove one or more RAM modules and check if your PC works well without it. You might have to test all RAM modules one by one before you find the one that is causing this error.

In addition to removing RAM modules, you can also use tools such as MemTest86+ to test your RAM. Simply create a bootable USB or CD with MemTest on it, and boot your PC from that USB flash drive or CD. Start MemTest and let it test your RAM for couple of hours. In order to find the faulty module, you might have to test one memory module at a time before you find the faulty one.

In addition to your RAM, any other hardware component can cause this error, so be sure to check your motherboard and hard drive as well. It’s also worth mentioning that any recently installed hardware that is not fully compatible with your PC can cause this error, so make sure to remove it or replace it and test if your PC runs without it.

If you’re still having issues with your hardware or you simply want to avoid them for the future, we strongly recommend you to download this tool (100% safe and tested by us) to fix various PC problems, such as hardware failure, but also file loss and malware.

SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX is a problematic error, but in most cases you can fix it by reinstalling and updating your drivers or by reseating your RAM modules.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



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