How to Fix the Machine Check Exception BSOD in Windows 10

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A Machine Check Exception is a critical Windows system error. The result? A blue screen of death. Unfortunately, a Machine Check Exception error isn’t usually a one-off. Some users report being plagued by Machine Check Exception errors, having to trial a long list of potential fixes before arriving at the promised land. This article gathers those fixes that are found to work and compiles them in a nice list. Here’s how you fix your Machine Check Exception error for good. What Is a Machine Check Exception Error? A Machine Check Exception (MCE) is typically a fault relating to your system…

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A Machine Check Exception is a critical Windows system error. The result? A blue screen of death. Unfortunately, a Machine Check Exception error isn’t usually a one-off. Some users report being plagued by Machine Check Exception errors, having to trial a long list of potential fixes before arriving at the promised land.

This article gathers those fixes that are found to work and compiles them in a nice list. Here’s how you fix your Machine Check Exception error for good.

What Is a Machine Check Exception Error?

A Machine Check Exception (MCE) is typically a fault relating to your system hardware. Unfortunately, the resulting stop codes don’t always provide a clear picture as to what is wrong. The Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA) does its best to pinpoint where the error is, but even the WHEA can have its own failures.

Still, you can boil an MCE error down to a few base causes:

  • System errors relating to hardware
  • Issues and overstress due to overclocking
  • Memory related issues
  • Physical hardware issues
  • Out of date or corrupt drivers

That’s quite the range, isn’t it? Machine Check Errors can come from almost anywhere because they deal with hardware and almost everything else. Not to worry; read on to fix your Machine Check Exception error.

1. Update Drivers

One of the most common Machine Check Exception error fixes is updating outdated system drivers. Outdated drivers are becoming rarer on Windows 10 machines as Microsoft automatically handles driver updates. However, that doesn’t mean outdated drivers cannot and will not happen. Windows 10 lists the drivers it updates in the Update & Security section of the Settings panel.

Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings panel, then select Update & Security > View update history. You can find any driver updates here. Now, type device manager in the Start menu search bar and select the best match. Head down the list and check for an error symbol. If there is nothing, your driver status is likely not the source of the issue.

That said, you can use a third-party tool to update all of your system drivers simultaneously. Check out this list of free tools you can use to fix the majority of Windows problems. The first two options—IOBit’s Driver Booster and Snappy Driver Installer—do exactly this.

2. Physical Hardware Check

Next up, perform a quick physical hardware check. Is all your RAM seated properly? Is your CPU heatsink in place? Has your GPU shifted out of place? A Machine Check Exception error closely relates to your system hardware. Have you installed a new component or switched some hardware around?

And, while you’re inside your case, give it a little clean. That means removing dust and buildup from your fans. If you have some compressed air, give your fans a little toot, as well as your GPU fans. Otherwise, some good old deep breaths and powerful blows have a similar effect (albeit less effective).

3. Reset System Overclocking

Overclocking is another strain on system hardware. Done correctly, you squeeze some extra performance from your system hardware. Overclocking has never been easier too. There are countless guides for almost every bit of hardware and online forums are full of other users overclocking experiences.

Overclocking, however, does place additional strain on your hardware—even if it is within the reasonable confines of the advertised hardware limits. Resetting any overclocking may help clear your Machine Check Exception errors.

Chances are, you need to enter your system BIOS or UEFI menu. To do this, turn off your system. Next, turn your system back on, pressing your BIOS/UEFI menu access key (usually F2, but other common keys include F1, F10, DEL, and ESC).

BIOS and UEFI settings vary by manufacturer, but menu titles are usually similar. You are looking for an Overclocking option. For the most part, overclocking options are found under the Advanced, Performance, Frequency, or Voltage menu.

Find the menu and reset your overclocking options. Resetting will return your system to its out-of-box state—but could also remove the Machine Check Exception error in the process.

Reset Your BIOS/UEFI Settings

If clearing your BIOS/UEFI overlock settings doesn’t solve the problem, try resetting your entire BIOS. Somewhere amongst the BIOS menu, there is an option to complete a full BIOS settings reset. Find the option and select it.

4. Run CHKDSK

Windows Check Disk is an integrated Windows utility that you run from the Command Prompt. CHKDSK verifies your system files and fixes any issues along the way.

Type command prompt in your Start menu search bar, then right-click the best match and select Run as administrator. (Alternatively, press Windows key + X, then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.)

Next, type chkdsk /r and press Enter. The command will scan your system for errors and fix any issues along the way.

5. Run SFC

Next up, run the System File Check (SFC). SFC is another Windows system tool that checks for missing and corrupt files. Sounds like CHKDSK, right? Well, SFC checks for Windows system files specifically, while CHKDSK scans your entire drive for errors.

But before running the SFC command, it is best to double-check that it is completely functional.

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. DISM is an integrated Windows utility with a vast range of functions. In this case, the DISM Restorehealth command ensures that our next fix will work properly. Work through the following steps.

  1. Type Command Prompt (Admin) in the Start menu search bar, then right-click and select Run as administrator to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  3. Wait for the command to complete. The process can take up to 20 minutes depending on your system health. The process seems stuck at certain times, but wait for it to complete.
  4. When the process completes, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

Check out the following video. The video offers fixes for the Windows System Service Exception error, but the section for the CHKDSK and SFC scans are the same.

6. Check Your RAM Using MemTest86

MemTest86 is a free, standalone memory testing tool for x86 machines. You boot MemTest86 from a USB flash drive (or bootable disc) and leave it to check your system RAM. Now, a MemTest86 RAM check takes a long time to complete; a single pass takes hours depending on the amount of RAM you have installed.

To get the full MemTest86 experience you should run at least two passes (that’s two complete cycles). However, by most reports, MemTest86 should expose a serious RAM issue after a short amount of time.

Head to the MemTest86 download page and download the Image for creating bootable CD (ISO format). Next, you need to write the MemTest86 ISO to a USB flash drive. Check out this list of ten free tools to make a bootable USB flash drive.

Burn MemTest86 using the tool of your choice, then shut-down your system. Reboot the system while pressing the button for your Boot Selection menu (usually F10, F11, DEL, or ESC), then select the bootable MemTest86 USB flash drive. The memory test will start automatically.

If it does return RAM errors, complete an Internet search for the error code and type to discover your next course of action.

7. Last Resort: Reset Windows 10

If nothing else works, you can use the Windows 10 Reset function to refresh your system files. Windows 10 Reset replaces your system files with a completely fresh set of files and will theoretically clear any lingering issues relating to your Machine Check Exception error while keeping the majority of your important files intact.

Head to Settings > Update and Security > Recovery, then under Reset this PC select Get started. Your system restarts as soon as you hit the button, so make sure you back up any important files beforehand. Your system will restart, then you may select Keep my files or Remove everything.

Machine Check Exception Error Eradicated!

You can now consign your Machine Check Exception error to the history books. MCE errors are never nice to deal with as they can stem from any part of your system hardware. The above fixes will find the root of your MCE issue and finally eradicate it from your system.

If you’re still struggling, another handy bluescreen error code tool is Nirsoft’s BlueScreenView. It helps you better understand the error codes so you can isolate issues much faster!

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How to Fix the Windows Stop Code Memory Management BSOD

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Windows 10 throws up a dazzling array of error messages and stop codes when things go wrong. When a blue screen of death (BSOD) error hits, you can use the Windows stop code to pinpoint and fix the issue. At times, stop codes issue for very specific errors. At other times, you might have to work through a range of Windows 10 fixes. The Windows 10 “Memory Management” stop code involves the latter. In this article, we help you resolve your memory management BSODs, one fix at a time. What Is Windows Memory Management? Memory management is vital to keep…

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Windows 10 throws up a dazzling array of error messages and stop codes when things go wrong. When a blue screen of death (BSOD) error hits, you can use the Windows stop code to pinpoint and fix the issue.

At times, stop codes issue for very specific errors. At other times, you might have to work through a range of Windows 10 fixes. The Windows 10 “Memory Management” stop code involves the latter.

In this article, we help you resolve your memory management BSODs, one fix at a time.

What Is Windows Memory Management?

Memory management is vital to keep your operating system ticking over nicely. Memory management is the function that manages your system memory. (I hear you say, “Duh, Gavin, it’s in the title!”) Properly working memory management, however, is vital to your system health.

When memory management goes wrong, your system will start showing BSODs at regular intervals. Here’s why:

Memory management essentially tracks every memory location on your system, regardless of status. It manages the transition of memory and processes between your RAM and physical memory during execution, deciding how much memory to allocate (and how much is available for allocation). When you close a program, it reallocates that memory to other processes or marks it available for use.

Unfortunately, memory management isn’t absolved of system errors, just like the rest of your system. And when it does crash, it takes your system with it.

The Memory Management Blue Screen Error

Simply put, a memory management BSOD means there’s been a critical memory management error. There are several well-known causes for memory management errors:

  • Faulty RAM
  • Issues with new hardware, such as a graphics card
  • Faulty drivers
  • Software issues, including corrupt system and operating system files
  • Disk errors

At times, your system might recover after a simple reset. If you encounter a Memory Management BSOD, restart your system and see if the error returns. If not, there is a chance it was a one-off.

So how do you fix it? Here are a few things you can try.

1. Update Windows 10

The first thing to do is check that Windows 10 is completely up to date. Outdated system files can cause unexpected errors. Checking for a pending update is a quick and easy way to figure out if that is what is causing your issue.

Hit Windows key + I to open the Settings panel. Now, head to Update & Security, then check under Windows Update for any pending updates. If there is an update, save any important files, then press Restart now. Your system will reboot during the process.

2. Run Windows 10 Memory Diagnostic Tool

You can use the integrated Windows Memory Diagnostic utility to check if your system RAM is working correctly. The Memory Diagnostic tool runs after a system reboot. It checks your system memory for errors and logs the scan to a text file for analysis.

Type Windows Memory Diagnostic into your Start menu search bar and select the best match. You have two options: reboot immediately and run the utility, or set the utility to run after your next reboot. As you are trying to fix your memory management BSODs, save any important documents and reboot your system immediately. The Windows Memory Diagnostic runs immediately after reboot.

The log file, however, isn’t apparent after you boot back into Windows 10. Press Windows key + X and select Event Viewer from the power menu. In the Event Viewer, select Event Viewer (Local) > Windows Logs > System. Then, in the right-hand column select Find and type MemoryDiagnostic into the box. Hit Find Next. Your diagnostic results will display in the bottom of the window.

From there, you need to investigate any specific errors the Windows Memory Diagnostic throws up.

3. Run MemTest86

Windows Memory Diagnostic doesn’t show any errors. But you’re sure the issue relates to your system RAM. If that’s the case, you can use MemTest86 to perform an in-depth memory test.

MemTest86 is a free, standalone memory testing tool for x86 machines. You boot MemTest86 from a USB flash drive (or bootable disc) and leave it to check your system RAM. Now, a MemTest86 RAM check takes a long time to complete; a single pass takes hours depending on the amount of RAM you have installed.

Want to give it a try? Check out “Step 7: Check Your RAM Using MemTest86” in our guide to fixing the WHEA Uncorrectable Error. It has all the instructions you need!

4. Update Your Drivers

Another quick and handy potential fix is to update your system drivers. New software or hardware may come with new drivers, and your system might not have got the message. Driver faults are less common than in the days of computing yore, especially as Windows 10 now handles driver updates, by and large. But that’s not to say they don’t happen.

Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings panel, then select Update & Security > View update history. You can find any driver updates here. Now, type device manager in the Start menu search bar and select the best match. Head down the list and check for an error symbol. If there is nothing, your driver status is likely not the source of the issue.

That said, you can use a third-party tool to update all of your system drivers simultaneously. Check out this list of free tools you can use to fix the majority of Windows problems. The first two options—IOBit’s Driver Booster and Snappy Driver Installer—do exactly this.

GPU Drivers

A common theme throughout Memory Management BSOD threads and forum posts is that, at times, outdated or brand-new GPU drivers can cause the BSOD. Give some attention to your GPU drivers and double-check your last update.

5. Run CHKDSK

CHKDSK is a Windows system tool that verifies the file system and with certain settings, fixes issues as it runs. You run CHKDSK from the Command Prompt, and it has a bunch of nifty features.

Type command prompt in your Start menu search bar, then right-click the best match and select Run as administrator. (Alternatively, press Windows key + X, then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.)

Next, type chkdsk /r and press Enter. The command will scan your system for errors and fix any issues along the way.

6. Run SFC

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Memory management still occurring? System File Check is another Windows system tool that checks for missing and corrupt Windows system files. Sounds like CHKDSK, right? Well, SFC checks for Windows system files specifically, while CHKDSK scans your entire drive for errors.

But before running the SFC command, it is best to double-check that it is completely functional.

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. DISM is an integrated Windows utility with a vast range of functions. In this case, the DISM Restorehealth command ensures that our next fix will work properly. Work through the following steps.

  1. Type Command Prompt (Admin)in the Start menu search bar, then right-click and select Run as administrator to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  3. Wait for the command to complete. The process can take up to 20 minutes depending on your system health. The process seems stuck at certain times, but wait for it to complete.
  4. When the process completes, type sfc /scannowand press Enter.

7. Check Physical Hardware

Last but not least, physically check your system hardware. Did you move your system recently? There’s a small chance your hardware unseated during the process. Only a small chance, but something worth checking!

8. Reset Windows 10 (Last Resort)

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Okay, still tearing your hair out? Sometimes nothing other than a Windows 10 Reset will completely fix your problem. Windows 10 Reset replaces your system files with a completely fresh set of files and theoretically clears lingering issues relating to the Memory Management error while keeping the majority of your important files intact.

Head to Settings > Update and Security > Recovery, then under Reset this PC select Get started. Your system restarts as soon as you hit the button, so make sure you to backup any important files beforehand. Your system will restart, then you may select Keep my files or Remove everything.

The Memory Management Stop Code Error Fixed

Memory Management BSODs are difficult to take care of. Many variables can lead to a Memory Management BSOD, and that’s exactly why diagnosing a direct issue is sometimes problematic. However, one of the above fixes will bring your system back from the brink so you can continue your work free of any BSOD for now.

Still struggling with the Memory Management BSOD? You can use BlueScreenView for a slightly more user-friendly method for BSOD dump file analysis. Give it a try!

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How to Fix the System Service Exception Stop Code in Windows 10

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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) isn’t as rare as it once was, but it still happens. While Windows 10 still has quirks and annoyances, one huge improvement is that the BSOD now displays useful information regarding your system crash. In this article, we’ll examine the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error, why it happens, what you can do to fix it, and how to stop it happening again. What Is a System Service Exception Error? A SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error happens for a few reasons: graphic user interface errors, corrupted system files, and issues with outdated or corrupt drivers amongst others. Given that there is…

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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) isn’t as rare as it once was, but it still happens. While Windows 10 still has quirks and annoyances, one huge improvement is that the BSOD now displays useful information regarding your system crash.

In this article, we’ll examine the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error, why it happens, what you can do to fix it, and how to stop it happening again.

What Is a System Service Exception Error?

A SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error happens for a few reasons: graphic user interface errors, corrupted system files, and issues with outdated or corrupt drivers amongst others.

Given that there is such a range of potential SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION causes, there are also several methods for fixing the issue. Some might fix your Windows system errors, while others won’t.

The main course of action is updating drivers and checking your Windows 10 file system for errors, but you should work through the list below until the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error disappears for good.

How to Fix a System Service Exception Error

1. Update Windows 10

The first thing to do is check that Windows 10 is completely up to date. Outdated system files can cause unexpected errors. Checking for a pending update is a quick and easy way to figure out if that is what is causing your issue.

Hit Windows key + I to open the Settings panel. Now, head to Update & Security, then check under Windows Update for any pending updates. If there is an update, save any important files, then press Restart now. Your system will reboot during the process.

2. Update System Drivers

Windows Update keeps your system drivers up to date. Automating the process means your system drivers are less likely to fall behind their recommended version—but that doesn’t mean some won’t fall through the gaps. At other times, Windows doesn’t use the correct driver version.

To check your latest automatic driver updates, head to Update & Security > Windows Update > View update history. Recent driver updates appear here. Now, type device manager in the Start menu search bar and select the best match. Head down the list and check for an error symbol. If there is nothing, your driver status is likely not the source of the issue.

If there is a yellow “alert” symbol, open the section using the dropdown arrow, then right-click the problem-driver and select Update driver. Select Search automatically for updated driver software to let Windows automate the update process for you.

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Otherwise, you can use a third-party tool to update all your system drivers simultaneously. Check out this list of free tools you can use to fix a majority of Windows problems. The first two options—IOBit’s Driver Booster and Snappy Driver Installer—do exactly this.

3. Run CHKDSK

Next up, try running Windows Check Disk from the Command Prompt. CHKDSK is a Windows system tool that verifies the file system and with certain settings, fixes issues as it runs.

Type command prompt in your Start menu search bar, then right-click the best match and select Run as administrator. (Alternatively, press Windows key + X, then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.)

Next, type chkdsk /r and press Enter. The command will scan your system for errors and fix any issues along the way.

4. Run SFC

System File Check is another Windows system tool that checks for missing and corrupt Windows system files. Sounds like CHKDSK, right? Well, SFC checks for Windows system files specifically, while CHKDSK scans your entire drive for errors.

But before running the SFC command, it is best to double-check that it is completely functional.

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. DISM is an integrated Windows utility with a vast range of functions. In this case, the DISM Restorehealth command ensures that our next fix will work properly. Work through the following steps.

  1. Type Command Prompt (Admin) in the Start menu search bar, then right-click and select Run as administrator to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  3. Wait for the command to complete. The process can take up to 20 minutes depending on your system health. The process seems stuck at certain times, but wait for it to complete.
  4. When the process completes, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

5. Install the Official Windows Hotfix

There is an official Windows hotfix for the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error. However, the hotfix relates to a stop code that defines a specific SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION issue. The stop code is 0x0000003B, and it relates to IEEE 1394 devices; in other words, FireWire and similar branded versions of the interface standard.

Head to the Microsoft hotfix page and select the Hotfix Download Available link. Follow the onscreen instructions (requires email details to send the hotfix to you). When the hotfix arrives in your email account (it is instantaneous), use the link at the bottom of the page to download the file.

Once downloaded, double-click the file. The auto-extraction file suggests C:/ as the default location. However, I would add “hotfix” to the file path, (e.g., C:/hotfix) to make it easier to find the unpacked file. Next up, navigate to the extracted file, then right-click and select Run as Administrator to complete the process.

6. Last Resort: Reset Windows 10

If nothing else works, you can use Windows 10’s Reset function to refresh your system files. Windows 10 Reset replaces your system files with a completely fresh set of files and theoretically clears lingering issues relating to your SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error while keeping the majority of your important files intact.

Head to Settings > Update and Security > Recovery, then under Reset this PC select Get started. Your system restarts as soon as you hit the button, so make sure you to backup any important files beforehand. Your system will restart, then you may select Keep my files or Remove everything.

System Service Exception Error: Fixed and Eradicated!

One of these fixes or a combination of them will resolve your SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error, leaving your system BSOD free.

If not, there is another short solution you can try: Work your way through your recently installed programs, uninstalling each one until the issue resolves. Some programs have an unwelcome habit of causing certain system process to crash.

Another handy bluescreen error code tool is Nirsoft’s BlueScreenView. It helps you better understand the error codes so you can isolate issues much faster!

Read the full article: How to Fix the System Service Exception Stop Code in Windows 10