Some Windows users are complaining about a BSOD issue on multiple forums. According to their statements, the affected machines are suddenly going into the Blue Screen of Death with an error message – “MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION” on the screen. This error occurs mainly due to some faulty hardware on the system. Don’t worry if you are facing this error message. Just enact these easy fixes to solve the problem.
Preliminary Checks –
1. Check the CPU and fans on your computer. This problem can occur if the fans can’t deliver good cooling. Clean off the dust from the fans, motherboard, RAM slots. Then check the status of the issue.
2. Update your system to the latest version.
Fix 1 – Remove recently installed drivers, USB devices
If you have installed a new driver for a device or you have plugged in a new USB adapter, this problem may occur.
1. Just switch off your computer.
2. Plug out the USB device from the USB port. Restart your computer and check whether you are facing the same issue or not.
If the issue doesn’t reoccur, the problem was with the USB device.
Plugin the USB device into another port on your computer.
If you have installed a device driver, you can uninstall it from your system.
1. Press the Windows key+X keys together.
2. Then, tap on the “Device Manager” to open up the Device Manager window.
3. When the Device Manager opens up, you will see all the installed drivers.
4. Just, right-click on the driver and tap on “Uninstall device“.
5. If a warning message appears, click on “Uninstall“.
This will remove the faulty driver from your computer. Restart the machine and check the status of the issue.
If this doesn’t solve your problem, you have to solve the issue in Recovery Environment.
Steps to boot your computer to Windows Recovery Environment –
1. Press the Windows key+I keys together to open up the Settings screen.
2. Then, tap on “System“.
3. Next, click on “Recovery“.
4. Here, scroll down to the “Advanced startup” option.
5. Further, tap on the “Restart now” to restart your computer in Windows Recovery Environment.
Your computer will boot up into Windows Recovery Environment mode.
Fix 2 – Test your RAM using MemTest86
MemTest86 is a RAM testing tool that you can use to test and fix RAM issues on your device.
1. At first, insert an empty flash drive.
2. Now, you have to download the Memtest86 tool.
3. After downloading extract the “memtest86-usb” zip file in a favorable location of your choice.
4. Then, double click on “imageusb” to launch it.
5. Now, check the USB flash drive by clicking on the drop-down in the ‘Step 1: Select the USB drive (s) to be processed’.
6. Now, you have to check the box “Write image to USB drive” box.
7. Then, tap on “Write” to create the bootable USB drive.
This will start to write the image on the USB drive. You can check the progress in the ‘Overall progress’ bar.
8. Once the process completes, click on “Exit“.
Do not detach the USB device from your computer yet.
Now, you can
1. Now, restart your computer
2. While it boots up, keep pressing the “Delete“* key from your computer to open the BIOS settings.
(The actual key to access the BIOS can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Examine the booting screen thoroughly.)
3. Go to the “Boot” tab.
4. Then, set your boot preference to the USB drive ( where you have Memtest 86+ burnt into).
5. Finally, press the “F10” key to save this setting.
1. Now, your computer will boot up automatically.
2. Once it is booting up, Memtest86 will start to analyze the memory of your device.
Once the test starts up, do not restart/ or force shutdown your device. Otherwise, it may result in memory corruption.
Now, if this test doesn’t detect anything, you can just go to the next fix.
But, if your memory fails any of the tests, then any of your RAM sticks has gone out of order. You should replace the faulty memory on your system.
Fix 3 – Run disk checking operation
If the issue is caused by any hard disk corruption, you can just run a disk checking operation to further clarify.
1. Press the Windows key and type “cmd“.
2. Then, right-click on the “Command Prompt” and tap on “Run as administrator” to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
3. Now, type this command and hit Enter.
Let it check the disk for corruption and fix the issue. Restart your computer once. Check if this helps.
Fix 4 – Use the Startup Repair
You can use the startup repair that can solve this hardware-related BSOD issue.
1. Switch off your system.
2. Then, start it up again.
c. After that, once your system boots up, press and hold the power button again to force shutdown your system.
d. Just repeat this feat for 1-2 times more and for the 3rd time, let your computer boot up normally. You will see the Automatic Repair screen.
1. In the ‘Automatic Repair’ screen, you have to click on the “Advanced options“.
2. Next, click on the “Troubleshoot” to troubleshoot this issue.
3. Then, tap on the “Advanced options” to proceed further.
4. Now, click on “Startup Repair“.
Now, Startup Repair will try to repair the hardware issue you are facing. Once it does, check if you are still facing the BSOD issue on your system or not.
Fix 5 – Run Safe Mode
Safe Mode lets you run the system without the interference of any third-party apps.
1. Then, click on the “Advanced options“.
2. In the Choose an option window, tap on “Troubleshoot“.
3. After that, tap on the “Advanced options” to go to the next screen.
4. Next, tap on the “Startup Settings” to open up various startup options.
8. Finally to restart your device correctly, click on “Restart” to restart the system.
9. Now just tap F4 from your keyboard to select the “Enable Safe Mode” option.
Wait for your system to boot into the Safe Mode.
Check the status of the issue.
Fix 6 – Run System Restore process
The system restore is the last resort to fix your problem. You can restore your system back to the state when this BSOD issue wasn’t there at all.
1. Boot the system into Windows RE.
2. Once you are in, tap on the “Advanced Options“.
3. Then, click on these options sequentially –
Troubleshoot > Advanced Options
4. You will now appear in the ‘Advanced options’ screen.
5. Now, tap on “System Restore“.
6. When the System Restore window appears, you can use either the “Recommended restore:” or the “Choose a different restore point“.
7. Now, choose a restore point when this BSOD error wasn’t present on your computer.
8. Click on “Next” to proceed.
9. Finally, tap on “Finish” to finish up the process.
This will start the System Restore process and restore your system back to the state when this hardware issue wasn’t there.
This will solve the problem for sure.
Additional Tips –
1. If you are using a overclocking feature for a long time, you can face this issue. We suggest to disable the overclocking feature in the system.
2. Update the BIOS from the manufacturer’s website.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.