Many of these patches improve system security and fix both hardware and software compatibility issues, therefore it’s important that you install them in order to prevent BSoD errors from appearing.
7. Remove your antivirus / firewall
Using antivirus programs and firewall to protect your PC is important, but sometimes they can cause BSoD errors. If your antivirus program is causing this error, remove it temporarily.
Bear in mind that Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender that works as your default antivirus, so your computer won’t be completely vulnerable even if you remove all other third-party antivirus tools.
We should mention that uninstalling your antivirus software might not be enough, so it’s advised to use a dedicated removal tool. These tools remove all files associated with your antivirus.
If removing your antivirus fixes the problem, you can now reinstall it, or you can switch to a different program.
Users reported that AVG antivirus is the cause for POOL CORRUPTION IN FILE AREA BSoD error in Windows 10, therefore be sure that you remove it from your PC.
8. Perform System Restore
- Go to the Windows search bar and type System Restore.
- Then, select Create a restore point.
- Click the System Restore button.
- Select Choose a different restore point and click Next.
- Select a date for restore before the problem occurred, then click on Next.
- Enter your password if asked and follow the on-screen steps to choose a restore location.
- Finally, restore your PC.
Note: If the error is caused by software, you might be able to fix this error by performing System Restore.
9. Reset you PC
- Type reset this PC in the Windows search box.
- Select Reset this PC to open the window shown directly below.
- Click the Get started button.
- Choose the Keep my files option.
- Select the Next and Reset buttons to confirm.
- Reset process will now start. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reset.
Note: If System Restore didn’t fix the error, you might want to try Windows 10 reset. This process is quite similar to clean install, therefore we urge you to back up your files and folders.
If the error still appears even after Windows 10 reset, it means that it is caused by your hardware.
10. Check for faulty hardware
Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by faulty hardware, so be sure to check your RAM first. If your RAM is working properly, check other major components such as your motherboard and processor.
POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA is often caused by incompatible software or outdated drivers, and you can easily fix it by updating the problematic software.
The above solutions should help you with the Blue Screen issue with the stop code POOL CORRUPTION IN FILE AREA. Furthermore, these steps can help you repair various BSoD errors.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in June 2016 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.