CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION

How To Fix "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" Blue Screen Of Death Error

BSOD (short for Blue Screen of Death) is a blue screen that occurs when starting your computer, upgrading to a new version of the operating system or simply "out of the blue". However, there is always a reason for it. Usually these blue screens are caused by some software running in the Windows kernel or by problems with the hardware. It informs you that your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart, and it is the only thing you can do at the moment. However, sometimes it takes more than just to restart your computer in order to bypass the Blue Screen of Death. It depends on how serious the cause is and on the particular error code. If you are reading this, then most probably you have encountered the Blue Screen of Death that goes with the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error.

The "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" BSOD error can be caused by several things like corrupted or incompatible drivers, problems with the Random Access Memory (RAM) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD), third-party software, problems related to hardware or viruses. In order to fix problems related to the mentioned possible causes you need to be logged into Windows. If you are unable to log into your Windows and keep getting the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error even after the restart, then you need to boot your Windows into Safe Mode with Networking. If you are not sure how to do this, then read this guide and use the "Interrupt Windows Boot Process" method described in the previously given link. Or you can use the Windows Installation CD/DVD/USB and boot your Windows into Safe Mode with Networking using the Automatic Repair (Advanced Startup) screen. Once you are logged into Windows, apply our described methods below one by one and see if any of them fixes this "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" blue screen error.

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Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

This error message might appear due to a problem with your Random Access Memory (RAM). If your RAM is failing, then you should consider replacing it, but you need to be sure that this is where the problem exists. There is a built-in Windows tool called Windows Memory Diagnostic. We recommend that you run it to see if there is a problem with your computer memory. To open Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, type "memory diagnostic" in Search and click the "Windows Memory Diagnostic".

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You will be given two options: 1) restart your computer now and check for problems immediately; 2) check for problems the next time you start your computer and let it do a scan before loading the Windows operating system. Select the option you prefer and then this tool will start checking for problems and report if there were any problems found.

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Check Your Disk For Errors

It is always a good idea to periodically check your disk for errors. There is a built-in tool in Windows tool to check the integrity of disks. It examines disks and corrects many types of common errors. You can run this tool from the command line or through a graphical interface, in your case we recommend you to run it through Command Prompt. To run it from the command line, open Command Prompt. To open it type "command prompt" and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result, select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu.

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In Command Prompt window type the "chkdsk C: /f" command and press Enter on your keyboard. Replace "C" with the letter of your hard drive if it is not the C: drive you want to scan (or your Windows operating system is on another drive) on your computer. The "chkdsk C: /f" command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive. To repair physical issues, run the "chkdsk C: /r" command as well. You can run both commands at once by typing "chkdsk C: /f /r" Windows will need to restart your computer to finish the scan. The disk checking could take a lot of time, depending on your computer overall speed and the size of your hard drive. Be patient and wait until it gets finished.

NOTE: If you will see a message saying that Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process and you get asked if you would like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restart, simply press "Y" key on your keyboard. You disk will be checked for errors after the restart.

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Uninstall Third-Party Software

It is possible that some recently installed software can cause the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error. Some users reported that software like Daemon Tools, MacDriver, Alcohol 120%, VirtualBox or BlueStacks was the culprit of the error and after uninstalling it they were not disturbed by this blue screen error anymore. If there is some software that you installed recently or any of the mentioned software, then we recommend you to try to uninstall it. To do so, press Windows key + R or right-click Start menu and select "Run" from the contextual menu. This will open Run dialog box for you.

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Type "appwiz.cpl" and press Enter on your keyboard, this will launch "Programs and Features" window for you.

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In opened Programs and Features window locate the program and uninstall it by right-clicking on it and choosing "Uninstall" from the dropdown menu. Restart your computer and see if you are still getting the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error.

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Run Windows Troubleshooter

Windows includes a number of troubleshooters designed to quickly diagnose and automatically resolve various computer problems. Troubleshooters cannot fix all problems, but they are a good place to start if you encounter a problem with your computer, operating system or connected devices. In this case you will need to use the audio troubleshooter. To start troubleshooting, go to Settings and type "troubleshoot", select "Troubleshoot" from the list.

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Now find "Blue Screen" under Find and fix other problems and select it. Click "Run the troubleshooter" and follow the instructions. Windows will try to troubleshoot error that cause Windows to stop or restart unexpectedly. See if this troubleshooter is able to fix the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error.

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Run System File Checker

Another thing you might want to try in order to fix the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" blue screen error is to run the System File Checker. It is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. If there were any driver files corrupted then this tool could possibly fix this problem. This guide describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files. The "sfc scannow" option is one of the several specific switches available in the sfc command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. To run it you need to open elevated Command Prompt. You must run an elevated Command Prompt in order to be able to perform SFC scan. Open Command Prompt using administrative privileges once again and type the "sfc /scannow" command, press Enter on your keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and it should take some time to complete the scan. It should take about 15 minutes. Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart your computer. See if the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error still persists.

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Perform A Clean Boot

When you start Windows using a normal startup operation, several applications and services start automatically, and then run in the background. These programs include basic system processes, antivirus software, system utility applications, and other software that has been previously installed. These applications and services can cause software conflicts. A clean boot is performed to start Windows using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This helps eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program or an update, or when you run a program in Windows. To perform a clean boot, type "system configuration" in Search and click on the "System Configuration" result.

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In the System Configuration window, click on the "Services" tab and then mark the "Hide all Microsoft services" checkbox. Then, click on "Disable all".

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Click the "Startup" tab and click "Open Task Manager".

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Under the Task Manager's Startup tab, select the first application and click "Disable" to disable it. Disable all applications one by one, repeating this step. Once all programs are disabled, close Task Manager and click "OK" in the System Configuration's Startup tab. Restart the computer to see if this helps to fix the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error.

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If you will be able to start Windows with a clean boot, then you will know that one of the programs that is launched at the system startup is causing the error. Find out which one by disabling them one by enabling them one by one using the same steps and uninstall it, or keep it disabled.

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Update Drivers

As mentioned in the article introduction, one of the possible reasons for the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" error is incompatible or corrupted drivers. A device driver is software that provides information to the operating system and other software about how to interact with certain hardware. It is rather like a translator between software and hardware, since they often are created by different manufacturers, companies, or individuals. The driver allows software and hardware to communicate smoothly. In most cases, computers are not be able to send and receive data correctly without drivers. If the appropriate driver is not installed, the device might not function properly, if at all. In this case it is hard to tell what driver is causing the error, however, some users reported that it was the video driver. We recommend you to try to update it first and if the problem persists - update other drivers as well. Type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result or right-click Start menu and select "Device Manager" from the contextual menu.

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In Device Manager you will see a list of devices connected to your computer. Find and expand the "Display adapters" category and right-click your display adapter, select "Update driver".

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You will be asked if you want to search for updated driver software automatically or to browse your computer for driver software. If you select the first option, then Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the latest driver software for your device. If you select the second option, then you will have to locate and install the drivers manually. To install drivers manually you will need to have them downloaded from your device manufacturer's official website. We recommend you to try the first option first.

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Restart your computer and see if you are still getting the "CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION" blue screen error. If the error still persists, then try to update other drivers by following the same steps as well. Or you can use some third-party software that will update all your drivers at once. If you want, you can use the Snappy Driver Installer for that. it is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here

If none of the above mentioned methods work for you, then you can try to reinstall your Windows. Back up your files and clean install Windows operating system. And, if there is another method that solved this problem for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below. If one of the methods helped, then leave a comment and lets us and others know which one.

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