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How to fix System Service Exception in Windows 10?

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Windows 10 is a pretty stable operating system, for the most part; however, it’s not uncommon to see the occasional bug or glitch pop up from time to time, just like you would in anything tech.

While most errors are quickly resolved, a BSOD can be a real annoyance. Not only it abruptly crashes your PC, but it also severely limits your troubleshooting capabilities. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at the System Service Exception Stop Code in Windows 10, along with its causes and the potential fixes you can try out.

Also read: How to fix Kernel Security Check Failure in Windows 10?

What is System Service Exception in Windows 10?

The System Service Exception is a BSOD error on Windows 10 that several reasons can trigger. Some of the more common ones are as follows.

  • GUI errors.
  • Damaged/missing/corrupted system files.
  • Outdated or corrupt device drivers.

The primary troubleshooting actions here are updating your device drivers and checking for any corrupt system files. However, if push comes to shove, you may have to reset your system.

How to fix the System Service Exception error?

Here are some of the solutions you can try out to resolve this problem.

Update your OS

The first thing to do in such situations is to make sure your OS is up to date. Developers usually diagnose these issues based on insider reports or feedback from customers and issue fixes or patches in the form of updates. Check to make sure you’ve got the latest update installed on your system.

You can check out our detailed guide on how to update Windows here. 

Update your BIOS

Updating your BIOS is also a good idea if you’re frequently running into BSODs or, for that matter, their red counterparts. However, do keep in mind that the process for updating the BIOS differs greatly depending upon the make and model of your PC’s motherboard, so be sure to consult with an expert if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Uninstall recently installed programs

Next up on the list is removing any programs you have installed recently. Often a program installed with admin privileges can cause conflicts with Windows’ functioning leading to a BSOD or other less severe errors.

Programs like Virtual CloneDrive, CiscoVPN, Xsplit, MSI Live Update, Asus GameFirst Service and even antivirus like McAfee and BitDefender can trigger this error.

Disable antivirus and any third-party firewalls

Another thing that should be on your diagnostics list is to temporarily disable your antivirus and check if you can share files through your network. If you’re using any third-party firewalls, they can also cause conflict with network communications under the pretext of keeping you safe.

Perform a Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup is an integral feature of Windows. It can help iron out many issues that may otherwise impact your system’s performance, including repairing any processes using too much CPU. 

You can refer to this article for more information on Disk Cleanup. 

Also read: How to fix Stop Code Memory Management in Windows 10?

Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason why your PC might be behaving weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart your PC, and the error should’ve been resolved. If that doesn’t help, you can also run a DISM scan to fix any other errors by using this guide

Run the Windows Memory Diagnostics tool

If your RAM is seated properly but is failing, it can trigger this error. To check if there’s an issue with your RAM, follow these steps.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Windows Memory Diagnostics. Then, click the corresponding search result. 

Step 2: Run the tool and click the Restart now button to check for problems.

If you see some issues, try running the auto-troubleshoot to resolve the error.

Run the Check Disk utility

The BSOD can very well be a sign of your boot drive failing to perform as it should. Try running the check disk utility to check whether or not your storage drives are, in fact, functional. 

You can refer to our detailed guide here on how to run the check disk utility.

Update your drivers

Out of date or corrupt drivers can also cause numerous hardware problems leading to BSODs. If you haven’t updated your drivers in a while, now’s the time to do so, especially for your display drivers.

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

While this should help resolve the error, in case it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. 

Repair your system

If nothing else works, the best way to get rid of the error is by simply reinstalling or repairing your OS. 

The Windows Media Creation tool is a great way to install Windows and repair the OS. Using this, you can perform a clean installation or repair your OS without affecting your data.

You can download the Media Creation Tool here

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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