4. Reset your Windows 10
Repeat the steps from Solution 3, but instead of choosing Keep my files choose to Remove everything.
This will delete all your files and folders from your hard drive partition where Windows 10 was installed.
5. Perform a clean reinstallation
Finally, if none of the previous steps were fruitful, you can always perform a clean reinstallation.
Issues that inflict Blue Screen of Death are certainly critical and above-average in regards to system health.
Simply put, if you run into one of those (rarely happens), the best way to avoid possible resurfacing of the same error is to start from scratch.
Back in the days, the reinstallation procedure was long and tiring, but that’s not the case with Windows 10.
The only thing you need is the installation drive or DVD and patience. It should take you approximately an hour or so to fully install Windows 10 from a scratch.
Of course, additional configuration changes will take more time, but you can do it on the move later on.
Here’s how to perform a clean reinstall of Windows 10 and get rid of BSOD:
- Download Media Creation tool on an alternative PC. You can do so by following this link.
- Insert the blank DVD or plug in the compatible USB flash drive (4GB or more).
- Run Media Creation Tool.
- Choose to Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next.
- Select language, architecture, and edition and click Next. Choose your version.
- Select a USB flash drive or ISO depending on your media of choice and click Next.
- Once the setup download is completed, either burn it to DVD or create a bootable USB drive.
- Finally, once we prepared everything, restart your PC.
- Press F10, F11, F12 to open the Boot menu.
- Choose a USB flash drive or DVD-ROM as the primary boot device and press any key to boot.
- Choose Advanced and format your system partition.
- Select it and start with the installation.
That’s about it. We certainly hope at least one of these solutions helped you resolve the problem with the Critical Service Failed BSOD error.
If you have any questions or suggestions, just let us know in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2018 and was revamped and updated in December 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.