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Full fix: Critical_process_died csrss.exe [BSOD]

Windows 10 usually downloads the missing updates automatically, but you can always check for updates manually on your own.

In addition to the latest updates, it’s also recommended installing the latest drivers. Outdated drivers are the common cause for these errors, therefore be sure that you update them.

With little research, you can find which driver is causing this error and update it, but if you can’t find the problematic driver we advise you to update all your drivers.

To do that simply visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your hardware.

We also recommend DriverFix (100% safe and tested by us) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.

5. Update your BIOS

Your BIOS is in charge of most of your hardware components, and if your BIOS is outdated you might get critical_process_died csrss.exe error. To fix this error users are suggesting to update your BIOS.

To update BIOS you need to visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest version of BIOS.

We have to mention that BIOS update is somewhat an advanced and dangerous procedure, therefore use extra caution if you want to avoid causing permanent damage to your PC.

For detailed instructions on how to update your BIOS, be sure to check your motherboard manual.

6. Remove SATA adapter cradle for your SSD

Some users tend to use SATA adapter cradle for their SSD, but few users reported that SATA adapter cradle can cause this error to appear.

According to users, after removing the SATA adapter cradle and connecting the SSD directly to the motherboard the issue was completely resolved.

7. Perform a System Restore

  1. Press the Windows Key + S, and type system restore.
  2. Select Create a restore point from the list of results.
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  3. Click on the System Restore button.
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  4. When System Restore window opens, click Next.
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  5. If available, check Show more restore points option.
  6. Select the restore point you want to revert, and click Next.
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  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the restoration process.

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem by performing System Restore. After the restoration process is finished, check if the problem is still there.

8. Remove problematic applications

In some cases, third-party applications can cause this issue to appear, so you’ll have to remove them.

If this problem started appearing recently, it’s rather likely that a third-party application caused it, so it’s advised to remove any recently installed applications and check if that helps.

Many applications tend to leave leftover files after you remove them, so it might be best that you use uninstaller software such as IObit Uninstaller to completely remove the problematic application.

If you’re not familiar, IObit software will completely remove the selected application, along with all of its files and registry entries ensuring that the application doesn’t interfere with your system anymore.

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9. Reinstall Windows 10

  1. Open the Start Menu, click the Power button.
  2. Press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart.
  3. Choose Troubleshoot, select Reset this PC, and Remove everything.
  4. If you’re asked to insert Windows 10 installation media, be sure to do so.
  5. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed, and select Just remove my files.
  6. Click the Reset button to start.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset.

Once the process is finished, your system will be reinstalled and the problem should be fixed.

According to users, sometimes in order to fix this problem you need to reset your PC to the default. This process is similar to clean install, so before you perform it, be sure to back up all important files from your system drive.

To perform a reset, you might have to create an installation media, so be sure to do so using Media Creation Tool software.

In case the problem appears after you reset your PC, it’s rather likely that a hardware component is causing this issue.

The most common causes are your RAM and graphics card, so be sure to check them first. If your hardware is the problem, you’ll have to perform a detailed hardware inspection to pinpoint the problem.

Critical_process_died csrss.exe error can cause many problems, but in most cases, you can fix this error by removing the problematic software or by updating your BIOS.

If these solutions don’t work, feel free to try any other fix from this article. Also, leave us your suggestions in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Critical Process Died and Blue Screen errors

  • What causes critical process death?

Synthesizing, we can say that it is caused by critical hardware and software issues. If you want to know more about what causes a Blue Screen of Death, be sure to check out our guide.

  • How do you fix critical process died?

Running a scan with the Hardware Troubleshooter might be a good start. As an alternative, you can run an SFC scan and update the corrupted drivers.

  • Does blue screen damage computer?

Also known as a stop code error, it is displayed when your system detects a problematic state, and thus, it stops all activity in an attempt to protect your data.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in August 2016 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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