FULL FIX: SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
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  • Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by faulty hardware or software issues, and since they keep restarting your computer in order to prevent damage, they are one of the most troublesome errors on Windows 10.
  • Apparently, certain HDMI devices have problems with X-Fi sound cards, so to fix this issue it’s advised to disable your HDMI device. Follow the steps below to learn how to do that.
  • Come to our BSoD troubleshooting section if you need any help with the blue screen errors.
  • Big or small, don't ignore any problems with your Windows 10 because ignoring it might worsening the situation. Visit our Windows 10 errors Hub for help.
how to fix SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error in Windows 10

Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by 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.

How can I fix SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX BSoD in Windows 10?

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.
    device-manager
  2. When Device Manager opens, you need to locate your HDMI device, right-click it and choose Disable from the menu.
    device-manager-disable

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.Troubleshooting BSoD
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

FAQ: Read more about the SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error

  • What is the SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error?

The SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error is a BSoD error that is apparently triggered by some HDMI devices having problems with the X-Fi sound cards.

  • How can I fix the SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX error?

First, try to disable the HDMI device from Device Manager and see if you have any Windows 10 or driver updates. If the problem is still there, follow our full guide to solve the problem completely.

BSoDs or stop errors are critical errors triggered by your operating system when it encounters a problem that cannot be solved by normal means. Read our in-depth article about the causes of BSoD.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. Need more guides? Visit our dedicated Windows 10 Errors Hub.

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