If you’re seeing CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION blue screen of death error, making it impossible for you to do anything from there, you’re not alone. Many Windows 10 users are reporting this problem. No worries, as annoying as it may seem, this is not at all a hard problem to fix (skip to the fixes directly).
Why do I have the Critical_Structure_Corruption blue screen error?
The causes for the Critical_Structure_Corruption blue screen error usually are: a) corrupted hardware, such as faulty memory card, and b) a driver that purposely or accidentally changed critical kernel code or data.
Since we’ve got the causes cleared out, it’s not that hard for us to locate the solutions to this problem. Read on and find out how to fix the Critical_Structure_Corruption error on Windows 10.
- Uninstall possible problem programs
- Update the video driver
- Perform a clean boot
- Run memory diagnostic tool
- Check the Event Viewer
Alcohol 120%, Deamon Tools, MacDriver and Intel HAXM (Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager) are reported to be related to the Critical_Structure_Corruption blue screen of death error. If you have one of them installed in your PC, upgrade them to the latest version or remove them from your PC. See if your problem is resolved after this.
In many cases, this blue screen of death error is caused by faulty video card driver. There are two ways for you to get the right driver for your video card: manually or automatically.
Manual driver update – You can update your video driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your video card, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows 10. Note that if you’re a laptop user, you should go to the laptop manufacturer for the correct video driver always, otherwise, you risk losing the customized feature that comes with your video card.
Automatic driver update –If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact video card, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly:
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click the Update button next to the flagged video card to automatically download and install the correct version of their drivers (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
A clean boot allows your computer to run with the minimum amount of needed programs. It’s a good way to tell whether certain programs are at fault.
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows key and R at the same time, then type msconfig and press Enter.
2) Click Services, tick the box before Hide all Microsoft services and tap Disable all.
3) Go to Startup tab, tap Open Task Manager.
4) On the Startup tab in Task Manager, select the items you can see and click Disable.
5) Close Task Manager.
6) On the Startup tab, click OK and restart your computer.
As mentioned, one of the possible causes for this problem is faulty hardware, such as corrupted memory card. Luckily, you can easily get it checked out with the built-in diagnostic tool. Here is how:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke a Run command. Type mdsched.exe and press Enter.
2) You could choose Restart now and check for problems (recommended) to check the status of your memory card right now, or choose Check for problems the next time I start my computer if you are too occupied now.
3) You will see this page showing the progress of the check and number of passes it will run on memory.
If you don’t see any error, your memory card is not causing any issues.
4) If you have installed some hardware diagnostics tools that you can trust provided by the manufacturers, run them on your computer as well to see if they are able to tell you what is causing this problem.
Event Viewer tells you exactly what happened when you had the Critical_Structure_Corruption blue screen of death error. You’ll have a better idea what is the culprit driver or hardware when the error occurs. Here is how you can check it:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time, then click Event Viewer.
2) On the left side of the pane, click Windows Logs and System. Check the mid section for any suspicious event that happens just about the time when the blue screen error occurs. See if certain program is the culprit for your problem.
If the above method won’t work to help, you might need to consider getting your Windows 10 refreshed or reinstalled.
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