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FIX: Critical structure corruption BSOD error in Windows 10

Blue Screen of Death, or BSOD (as it is commonly known), is a stop or exception screen error that appears whenever your Windows PC is affected by a fatal system error.

The colored screen (blue, red, black, pink) that is associated with this problem has become a synonym for issues on Windows, and entails a system crash or a state in which your operating system can no longer run safely.

BSoD errors can appear because of a variety of causes including malfunctioning hardware, corrupt drivers, problematic DLLs, power supply issues, or even overheating of specific components of your PC.

Hardware issues that cause BSoD can be obviously resolved by replacing/repairing the damaged components, but resolving this issue when software is the fault can be very tricky and potentially dangerous for your system.

To avoid any unwanted issues by attempting a fix on your own, we recommend that you use a specialized Windows repair software, and the best option for this task is by far Restoro.

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This powerful and yet compact software enables you to resolve BSoD errors with just a few clicks of your mouse and without the need to worry about any other side effects.

Next, we will present you with a step-by-step guide that will allow you to successfully set up Restoro, and start resolving a great variety of issues, including the dreaded BSoD :

  1. Download and install Restoro
  2. Launch Restoro
    • Restoro will now compile data about your PC
      Restoro first scan
  3. Wait for it to find any system stability issues and possible malware infections
    • Once the scan is complete, Restoro will show you a summary of your PC’s current status
      Restoro repair
  4. Press Start Repair
    • Restoro will now start downloading and replacing and faulty registries, DLLs, and any other damaged files it may have found during the scan.
    • This is possible thanks to the online libraries that is uses for comparison, replacing damaged data with its perfectly functional equivalent
  5. Restart your PC for all the changes to take effect

Your PC should now work perfectly fine, and you will no longer have to worry about slow response times, BSoD errors, or anything of the sort.

Disclaimer: This program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.

3. Run Blue Screen troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & Security.critical structure corruption windows 10
  3. Choose Troubleshoot from the left pane.
  4. Expand Blue Screen troubleshooter and click on the Run this troubleshooter button.critical structure corruption windows 10
  5. Wait until the procedure is finished and look for improvements.

Common errors ask for a unified troubleshooter, and that’s what Microsoft provided to Windows 10 users after the Creators Update.

In there, besides the usual troubleshooting tools, one can find more the troubleshooter which specializes in resolving Blue Screen errors that affect Windows 10.

Now, taking into consideration the overall lackluster success rate, we wouldn’t hold high hopes. However, it’s won’t cost you and it can help.

4. Run SFC

  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line, type:
    critical structure corruption windows 10
  3. Wait until the tool scans for errors and close Command Prompt.

System File Checker is the built-in tool run through the elevated command-line.

Its main purpose is to scan for the faults in system files and fix possible corruptions. It’s, of course, of utmost importance for all files integrity to be untouched.

Looking at the minidumps shared by the affected users, the ‘Critical Structure Corruption‘ if frequently invoked by kernel32.dll failure. And something as grave as this plagues most users that upgraded to Windows 10 rather than performing a clean installation.

5. Check all drivers

  1. Right-click Start and open Device Manager.
  2. Click on the View and enable Show hidden devices.
  3. If there’s a faulty driver, search for it online and install it.

Searching for drivers manually can be a tedious task, and this is why it’s recommended to use a specialized driver updater software.

Specialized software will update all your drivers and fix BSOD Critical Structure Corruption error along the way.

6. Try with DISM

  1. Right-click on the Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line, type the following lines and press Enter after each:
    critical structure corruption windows 10
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the scanning ends and close Command Prompt.
  4. Restart the PC.

The recipe for troubleshooting major system flaws is almost the same every time.

You give SFC a try and, if it doesn’t notice anything, move to a more specific tool. That tool is DISM or Deployment Image and Servicing Management tool.

In comparison to SFC, DISM has a much higher reach and it depends on Windows Update (or external medium) to replace the affected system files.

So if you’re getting Windows stop code Critical Structure Corruption error, be sure to try DISM.

7. Uninstall critical third-party programs

Now, this is something you should be especially interested in. Namely, this is, in a sense, another look at the choice of upgrading to Windows 10 over an older Windows platform.

Not all third-party programs you seamlessly run on Windows 7 will work on Windows 10.

This goes for various secondary tools and antivirus solutions mostly, but we can’t be sure what exactly triggers the error at hand.

  • Antivirus solutions
  • Automatic Driver Updaters
  • Virtual Drive software.
  • Intel built-in applications for system management.
  • GPU and CPU overclocking applications.

We recommend IOBit Uninstaller as a go-to tool for removing all remaining files and registry inputs. After that, you can download and install Windows 10- supported alternatives.

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8. Backup your data and clean install Windows 10

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Finally, if none of the above steps fixed the BSOD Critical Structure Corruption error, we recommend clean reinstallation as the last-resort solution.

Namely, as we indicated so many times, even though upgrading is better than the clean install on paper, it doesn’t meet the expectations every time.

The distinction between Windows 7/8.1 and Windows 10 is not minor, and the older configurations will have a hard time with Windows 10. Especially due to driver’s incompatibility. And that’s where BSOD errors emerge.

You can find out how to reinstall Windows 10 cleanly in this article. Just make sure to backup your data and store the license key.

With that, we can wrap it up. In case you’re still unable to move past the error and sudden shutdowns still occur, we recommend contacting Microsoft support team and sending them the crash report stored in the minidump file and uploaded to a third-party site.

Furthermore, you can share your alternative solutions or post a question regarding the ones we enlisted. The comments section is just below.

FAQ: Learn more about the Critical Structure Corruption error

  • What is the Critical Structure Corruption error?

One common consensus is that critical structure corruptions are cause when both hardware and software errors occur simultaneously, causing a total system crash.

  • What can cause a critical structure corruption?

Critical structure corruption errors can be caused by both software and hardware failures, leading up to a Blue Screen of Death error message.

  • What are the quickest ways to fix the Critical Structure Corruption error?

If you want information on how to quickly fix Blue Screen of Death errors, check out this detailed guide.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2018 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Aleksandar Ognjanovic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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