Recently your computer may have crashed into a Blue Screen of Death and while trying to identify the reason, you have come across this line “Live Kernel Event” following the Error Code “141” on the Event Viewer page. So, what steps should you take so that you don’t have to face this problem again on your computer? Usually, a hardware-related fault is a reason for this error. Try these easy solutions to avoid a resurgence of this issue in the future.
Fix 1 – Install all the updates
Windows sends all types of crucial bug fixes and patches through its various update channels. Install all the updates pending on your system.
1. Open Settings. If you can’t see the Settings icon on your taskbar, just press the Win key+I keys together.
2. In the Settings panel, on the left-hand pane, click on “Windows Update“.
3. Now, on the right-hand pane, tap “Check for updates“.
Windows now scan for any latest update packages. Once it detects new updates, it enlists those and starts to download and install them on your computer.
4. Once this downloading process is complete, Windows will prompt you for a system restart.
5. Tap “Restart now” to restart the system and complete the process.
6. Now, there is another type of update known as a Version Update or Quality Update.
[Example – It reads like this – “Windows 11 version 22H2 is available“.]
Just click “Download and install“.
7. Finally, tap the “Advanced options” to explore additional updates.
8. Now, expand the “Optional Updates” section.
9. Here, Windows enlists all the crucial driver updates.
10. Check all the boxes one by one and tap the “Download & Install” option to download and install the driver updates on your system.
Wait for Windows to install all the updates. Once the process is complete, close the Windows Update page and restart your system.
This should fix the LiveKernel issue with Error Code 141.
Fix 2 – Reinstall the GPU drivers
A corrupted GPU driver is another probable reason behind this problem.
For NVIDIA users
Uninstall the GeForce-related apps from your computer.
1. At first, press the Windows key+X keys together.
2. Then, tap “Apps and Features” to open the Settings.
On the Settings page, you can see all the installed apps in one place.
3. Now, right-click the “NVIDIA GeForce Experience” app and tap on “Uninstall“.
Finally, just go forward and complete the uninstallation process. Don’t restart the system even if you are asked.
4. Returning to the same page, look for other NVIDIA-related apps.
5. Click on the three-bar beside the “NVIDIA Control Panel” and click “Uninstall“.
Now, follow the on-screen steps to uninstall the GeForce app from your computer.
Now, you can download the particular driver for your system and install it.
1. You have to visit the NVIDIA Graphics Card driver page.
2. Once you are there, put your GPU specifications in the particular section and tap “SEARCH” to search for the latest driver.
3. Once it shows the latest available driver, click “DOWNLOAD“.
Depending on your network speed, it may take a few minutes.
When you have downloaded the driver package, close the browser window.
4. Now, open File Explorer and head on to the location where you have downloaded the package.
5. Once you are there, double-tap the installer.
Wait for the installer to extract the driver package.
6. In the License Agreement step, select the “NVIDIA Graphics Driver and GeForce Experience“.
7. Next, tap “AGREE AND CONTINUE” to agree with the terms and go to the next step.
8. Next step is named “Options“. Here, select the “Custom (Advanced)” option.
9. Then, tap “NEXT” to go to the next and final step.
10. This step is very important. Make sure that you check all these options.
Graphics Driver HD Audio Driver NVIDIA GeForce Experience PhysX System Software
11. Tick the “Perform a clean installation” box.
12. Tap “Next” to start the clean installation process.
Now, wait patiently until the installer installs all the components and the graphics driver. This process may take a while.
13. Finally, once it is done, click “Close“.
Once the process is complete, you may see a prompt to restart your computer.
Even if you are not asked to restart the device, we strongly suggest you restart the device. The LiveKernel issue won’t appear again.
For AMD users
AMD users have to use the cleanup utility to clean up the existing driver files and then, download and install the latest driver.
1. Quickly download the AMD Cleanup Tool on your system.
After downloading the tool, head on to the download location.
2. Next, double-tap the “AMDCleanupUtility” tool to run it.
3. You will receive a prompt to restart your computer in safe mode.
4. Just, tap on “Yes” to do so.
Wait for your system to boot into Safe Mode. Log in using your account information.
5. Once you are in, a warning message will appear on your screen. Just tap on “OK” to proceed.
Wait for the AMD Cleanup Utility to clean up all the drivers, applications, and utilities from your device.
Now, download the latest version of the AMD Auto Detect tool (actually it is the Adrenalin software).
1. Head on to the AMD Driver and Support page.
2. Now, in the Auto-Detect and Install Updates for Radeon Graphics section, click the “DOWNLOAD NOW“.
This tool is small in size. So, the downloading takes a few minutes.
3. Next, double-tap the downloaded Radeon tool.
Now, the Radeon Adrenalin tool will analyze which GPU your computer has and install the tool accordingly.
Once Radeon Adrenalin is installed, open the app and let it detect and download the latest version of the graphics driver. Use the “Recommend Version” to install it on your computer.
Hope this solves the LiveKernel issue on your system.
If you can’t install the AMD Adrenalin tool or it detects an error message, you can directly download the graphics driver.
1. Access the AMD Driver and Support page.
2. Here, if you scroll down the
Select all the categories of specifications according to AMD Radeon GPU specifications.
3. Once you are done, tap on “Submit” to proceed further.
4. Now, you will be given the driver options based on the operating version you are using.
5. Just expand the section you prefer and tap on “Download” to download the driver software.
Now, once you have the latest driver package, run the installer and complete the installation process.
Fix 3 – Stop/ Uninstall overclocking apps
If you have enabled the Overclocking on your system or used the overclocking app, disable or uninstall it.
For systemwide Overclocking feature
1. Open Settings.
2. Next click on the “System” settings.
3. On the right-hand side, tap “Recovery“.
4. Go to the ‘Advanced startup’ section and tap “Restart now“.
Wait until the system restarts in RE mode.
5. Just, click on the “Troubleshoot“.
6. On that next page, click “Advanced options” to proceed.
7. After that, tap “UEFI Firmware Settings“.
8. Now, click “Restart” to access the BIOS settings.
9. Your system opens up the BIOS. Then, go to the “Performance” section.
10. Here, look for the “Overclocking” area. Here, set it to “Disabled” settings to disable settings.
Save the settings. Once you do that, you will be back on the starting page.
11. Finally, click “Continue” on Windows 11.
You won’t face the LiveKernel error on your system.
Uninstalling the Overclocking apps
If you are using any software to overclock the system like MSI AfterBurner, Asus GPU Tweak, and AMD OverDrive, uninstall it.
1. Press the Windows key+R keys together.
2. Then, write down this and hit Enter.
3. Coming to the Programs and Features page, look for the overclocking app that you have installed on your computer.
4. Next, right-tap that app and tap “Uninstall“.
Now, just follow the steps that appear on your screen and complete the screen.
Fix 4 – Try third-party apps
Furmark is an OpenGL benchmarking tool to analyze GPU performance on your system.
It can help you identify faults of graphics drivers or helps you detect symptoms of a failing GPU.
Before you proceed, make sure that you have closed
1. Download the setup of the Furmark tool.
2. You have to double-tap the “FurMark_18.104.22.168_Setup” tool on your system.
3. Now, select “I accept the agreement“.
4. Then, click “Next“.
5. On the next page, click “Install” to install the tool.
Once it is installed, run the FurMark tool.
6. Once Furmark opens up, set the “Resolution” to the highest resolution supported by your screen.
7. Then, tap “Settings“.
8. Next, check all these settings check box –
Burn-in Xtreme burn-in Post-fx GPU temperature alarm Log GPU data (temperature, power, ...)
9. Then, check the “OK” box.
10. You should be back on the FurMark page. Tap “GPU stress test” to run the GPU stress test.
Furmark is now running a severe benchmark test, getting the highest yield from the GPU.
If your machine suddenly restarts or shows any signs of failure, understand the GPU is failing and you may need a new GPU for your system.
Hope this resolves your problem.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.