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A process or thread crucial to system...

STOP: 0x000000F4

 
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There's a hardware problem with the boot drive, or a device driver has a bug or a critical service was stopped.

Some older versions of Windows may show the description as "CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION".

This is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is likely lost.

 
   
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A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x000000F4

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.

Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further
assistance.

 
 
Text may appear differently depending on where the error occurs.
Additional technical information (hex values) specific to a machine are not shown.
 
   
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  A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated. 

Stop Code
  0x000000F4 

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  XP, Vista, 2008, 7, 8

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  Microsoft Corporation
 
   
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Restore From Backup or Image
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If you know the hardware is good and you have a current backup or image of the drive, you could reformat the hard drive and start over. This is often the last resort when all else fails, as you will often lose your latest settings and important data. If you have a spare drive, it may be worth it to install the drive in place of the first drive and do a fresh install of Windows. This will help confirm if this is a hardware or software issue (unless the original system drive is the source of the problem).
 
   
 
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Fix Disk Drive Jumpers or Cabling
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If the fault occurs upon resume from standby, there is a known problem between Windows and some motherboards when using multiple devices on IDE/ATA channels. The hard drive or cabling may be set wrong. If using PATA drive, confirm the boot hard drive is jumpered as the Master. Do no connect another device to the same channel (i.e. for PATA move a slave device on the primary channel to the secondary master). Confirm the hard disk cables are good and connected securely. (Microsoft article 330100)
 
   
 
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Check Hard Disk and Cables
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If you had changed, added or removed hard drives, or changed or removed drive cabling, likely something is wrong. Recheck that the drives are properly installed and the cabling has not changed. Switching cables to different motherboard connectors or changing the master/slave drive jumpers (on old ATA drives) can cause this problem. In some systems, the cables were not plugged into the drive or motherboard securely and may have worked loose. Reseat all drive connectors.

It's also possible a hard drive is failing. Use a system diagnostic to validate the drive or swap to another hard disk.

Several software products that offer disk diagnostics includes Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other diagnostic products include Eurosoft's PC Check and Iolo's System Mechanic.

 
   
 
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Get the Latest Drivers
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Check if you are using the latest hardware drivers, especially the chipset and video drivers. Older drivers are a common contributor to BSoD issues.

You can use a product like Driver Genius or Radar Sync to verify you have the latest drivers and help keep all your drivers up-to-date. If you're comfortable with driver installations, you can individually find and install current drivers.

A some of the most popular driver download sites:

 
   
 
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Also see our list of common Fatal Error Solutions.

 
 
 
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A process or thread critical to proper system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.

After the Stop code will be 4 hex values: {Parameter 1, Parameter 2, Parameter 3, Parameter 4}.

Parameter 1 is set to 3 if terminating object type is a process, and 6 if the type is a thread.

Parameter 2 specifies the terminating object.

Parameter 3 specifies the process image file name.

Parameter 4 specifies a pointer to an ASCII string containing an message explaining the issue.

 
   
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