A Guide to the “Status System Process Terminated” Blue Screen of Death Error

STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATED
This error could be fixed with Driver Reviver.

This article is part of a continuing series on Blue Screen of Death errors. A Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is the error screen you see when Windows has a major issue. It halts the PC and displays some very important information.

Depending on the error message you get, the steps you need to take are different.

Error Name:

STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATED

This error may also appear with only a few lines of text and the error code 0xC000021A, as in the screenshot.

This one happens as a result of an error in a critical user-mode subsystem. What that means is that it could be one of three things: your device drivers need updated, your PC needs scanned for viruses, or your hard disk needs scanned for errors.

Update your Device Drivers

That’s where Driver Reviver comes in. With a single scan, it can update all the drivers on your PC at once, and will even back up your existing drivers and create a Restore Point for you. Driver Reviver specializes in clearing up system errors due to old or incorrect drivers. Give it a try.

Scan your PC for Viruses

This error could be caused by a virus. If so, you’re going to want to run a reputable virus scanner, such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, that can scan the MBR and eliminate the problem. Here’s our guide to escaping a virus attack.

Scan your Hard Drive for Errors

A corrupted hard drive might be causing this BSoD. To check the hard drive for errors:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run… if in Windows XP, otherwise skip this step
  3. Type chkdsk /f /r X: in the box and press Enter, where X: is the current drive letter, usually C:
  4. You’ll need to restart in order to complete the repair process

After rebooting, this screen tells you the repair is starting.

 

More Information from Microsoft

Here’s a page on Microsoft’s website about this specific BSoD error. It’s pretty technical, but worth checking out if the above solutions don’t work.

Good luck!

Steve Horton

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