This is yet another extremely user-friendly tool, that you might have to install in Safe Mode. But, with just two clicks, you can get your system up and running like brand new again.
3. Run the BSOD troubleshooter
- Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
- Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
- Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.
4. Run the SFC scan
- Right-click the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
- Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
- Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
- If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
- Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.
5. Run DISM
- Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
- Paste the following command and press Enter:
- Wait until the scan is finished.
- Restart your computer and try updating again.
- Using the Windows installation media
- Insert your Windows installation media.
- Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose Command Prompt (Admin).
- In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
- Now, type the following command and press Enter:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
- Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
- After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.
6. Check the hard drive
- Enter the Advanced Startup (Restart your computer while holding the Shift key).
- Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options.
- Select Command Prompt from the list of options.
- When Command Prompt appears, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to run it:
- Some users are also suggesting that you need to run additional chkdsk commands as well. To perform these commands, you need to know drive letters for all your hard drive partitions. In Command Prompt you should enter the following (but remember to use the letters that match your hard drive partitions on your PC):
- Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.
7. Uninstall your graphics card driver
Although it’s recommended to use the latest drivers, sometimes they have certain issues with Windows 10, and it’s recommended to uninstall them and replace them with the older version.
To uninstall your graphic card driver, do the following:
- Download Display Driver Uninstaller.
- Start the tool and follow the instructions.
After removing the display driver you just have to visit your graphic card manufacturer’s website and download the drivers for your graphic card. Just be sure to download the older version of the drivers and not the one you had before. Although this solution applies to Nvidia graphic cards, it might also work for AMD owners as well.
If your device uses Nvidia drivers, here’s an additional guide to safely remove the faulty or corrupted ones.
8. Update your BIOS
According to the users, the MACHINE CHECK EXCEPTION error can be caused by outdated BIOS, and if you want to fix it, you might have to update your BIOS.
By updating your BIOS you’ll enable new features of your motherboard and fix the potential compatibility issues between your processor and motherboard.
Bear in mind that updating BIOS is an advanced procedure, and if you don’t perform it correctly you can cause permanent damage to your PC. If you decide to update BIOS, be extra careful and check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.
9. Disable Fast Boot and CSM in BIOS
Many users reported that disabling Fast Boot and CSM in BIOS fixed the MACHINE CHECK EXCEPTION Blue Screen of Death error on Windows 10, therefore we strongly advise you to disable these features from BIOS.
To see how to access BIOS and how to disable these features, be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.
10. Disable Intel SpeedStep Technology in BIOS
Few users reported that disabling Intel SpeedStep Technology in BIOS fixes this issue, so you might want to try that. Before you enter BIOS, make sure that you check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions on how to enter BIOS and how to disable this feature.
11. Disable your LAN adapter
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu and select Device Manager from the list.
- When Device Manager opens, locate your network adapter, right-click it and choose Disable from the menu.
- Restart your computer and check if the problem is resolved.
If the problem is fixed, you might want to try updating your network adapter driver and enabling the adapter again, but if that doesn’t help, you should replace your network adapter since it might be faulty.
12. Set SATA Fast boot to All devices
Some users claim that setting SATA Fast boot to All devices in BIOS fixes the MACHINE CHECK EXCEPTION BSoD error. To see how to change this setting, we strongly advise you to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.
13. Unplug your DVD and additional hard drives
Users reported that they are unable to install Windows 10 due to MACHINE CHECK EXCEPTION error, and if you’re facing the same issue, try to disconnect your DVD drive along with any additional hard drives that you have installed.
Sometimes in order to complete the setup process, you need to disconnect all other hard drives and only have your installation hard drive connected. If you have only one hard drive, be sure to disconnect your DVD drive before starting the setup process.
14. Check for faulty hardware
Blue Screen of Death errors such as MACHINE CHECK EXCEPTION can be caused by faulty hardware, therefore we strongly advise you to check your RAM, processor, motherboard and all other major hardware components. Few users reported that a faulty processor is the cause for this error, so make sure that you check your processor first.
As you can see, the MACHINE CHECK EXCEPTION BSoD error can cause certain problems, but this error can be easily fixed by performing a BIOS update, or by changing certain BIOS settings.
Hopefully, you managed to get around the trouble by using one of the above-mentioned methods.
If so, we’d like to hear what helped. Use the comments section to share your take on this.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in June 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.