A system thread exception not handled error is an error that appears as a Blue Screen of Death error message on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. This usually occurs when process threads running critical windows services break down. Although some people might get the error message 10 to 15 seconds after starting their windows system, other users have reported getting this error immediately after starting their windows, and the systems reboot. Users get stuck in a loop that makes it impossible to use any computer.
Why do I see the system thread exception not handled error?
The system thread exception not handled blue screen error usually appears due to a driver malfunction. When your windows computer has an outdated, corrupted, or incompatible driver, your system is forced to display this blue screen of death error.
How do I solve the system thread exception not handled?
To fix the system thread exception not handled the error, there are a few methods that can work for different people. It is important to ensure that you fix your windows computer using the right methods.
Boost your computer into safe mode
Before fixing your windows computer, you must first boot into safe mode so that you can be able to access the Windows operating system without worrying about the blue screen of death error message popping up. The steps below will guide you through the process to boot into safe mode:
Step 1: turn on your computer and repeatedly press on the Ctrl key + F8 on your keyboard.
Step 2: the boot manager should appear on your computer.
Step 3: select safe mode on the advanced options for your windows computer using the arrow keys to highlight your choice.
Once your computer is in safe mode, you can proceed to any of the methods listed below to ensure that you fix the operating system error. Always make sure that your computer is in safe mode before you attempt to fix a system thread exception not handled error.
Option 1: Reinstall Display Drivers
Faulty or outdated graphics drivers can cause a system thread error on your windows computer. This is because the operating system cannot communicate with the graphics card, and this prevents your computer from functioning properly as it cannot display the contents of your desktop. To fix this problem, you need to reinstall your graphics drivers by following the following steps:
Step 1: Press your Windows key + S on your keyboard, and then search for Control Panel Control Panel”>
Step 2: Open Control Panel
Step 3: Click on Programs and Features
Step 4: Find your graphics card driver and uninstall it.
Step 5: Go to the graphics card manufacture’s website and download their latest driver.
Step 6: Once the download is finished, install the driver.
Step 7: Follow the installation wizard.
With the graphics card driver fully installed, you should restart your computer to see if the issue has been resolved. If the BSOD error still pops up after updating your graphics card driver, you can opt for another method to fix the system thread exception not handled error.
Option 2: Check Systems Files using SFC Scanner
Windows computers have a built-in tool that allows users to scan all the system files in their operating system. This tool automatically repairs broken files in your computer and corrects errors. To use the SFC scanner, you require administrative privileges because the scanner needs to be executed on the command prompt. This step-by-step guide will help you through the process:
Step 1: Press the Windows key + S on your keyboard and search for Command Prompt.
Step 2: Click on Run as Administrator to launch the Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
Step 3: Inside the Command Prompt type sfc /scannow and press the Enter key. In order to know what happened to the system scan that you have performed, you will need to check out all the possible return messages after using the SFC scanner. To fix all the errors, run the SFC scan two to three times.
· A return message saying Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations means that your operating system does not have any corrupted or missing files.
· A return message saying Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation means that the repair tool detected a problem during the scan and you need to run an offline scan.
· A return message saying Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them means that the SFC scanner was able to fix the problem is detected.
· A return message saying Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them means that you will need to repair the corrupted files manually.
Option 3: Use Windows Check Disk
Another useful tool in windows computers is the Windows Check Disk. It allows users to perform a deep check on their hard drive in order to see if there are any files that can cause errors on the computer. The Windows Check Disk also requires command prompt to execute its function. This step by step guide will help you run the Windows Check Disk tool.
Step 1: Press Windows key + S on your keyboard then search for Command Prompt.
Step 2: Click Run as Administrator to launch the Command Prompt.
Step 3: Inside the Command Prompt, type chkdsk / r and press Enter.
When the scan is finished, restart your computer and use it as you usually do to see if the blue screen error will appear.
Option 4: Reinstall your Sound Card Drivers
The system thread exception not handled error has yet another culprit, the sound card drivers on your computer. The windows operating system can be affected by sound card drivers, especially windows 10. To solve this system thread exception not handled error try to follow the steps listed below:
Step 1: Press the Windows key + S and search for Devise Manager.
Step 2: Click Open to run the Windows Devise Manager.
Step 3: Click Audio Inputs and Outputs to expand it.
Step 4: Find your sound card driver and right-click on the driver to uninstall the device.
Step 5: Restart your computer. Windows will automatically install the sound drivers for your computer.
By using your computer as you normally do, you will notice if it will successfully boot up or if the system thread exception not handled error will pop up. If the Blue screen of death still appears, and the computer is still giving you problems, the next option might work for you.
Option 5: Reinstall Windows
Sometimes, none of the methods mentioned above will help you fix the system thread exception not handled the error, but reinstalling Windows might help. If your system files are corrupted beyond repair, the best option might be to install the latest version of Windows 10. Please keep in mind that all the files on your hard drive will be deleted so it is wise to have a backup to save all your important files.
If you are reinstalling Windows 10, you will need to link your Windows 10 product key with your Microsoft account, but if you are upgrading from Windows 8, then you will not have this key. Regardless of your situation, go to Settings> Upgrade Security > Activation. If you see ‘Windows is activated with a digital license’ and no more, your windows computer is not linked to your Microsoft account.
To fix this, got to Settings > Accounts >Your Info and click on ‘Sign in with a Microsoft Account’, then follow the prompts. Under Activation, You should be able to see this message: ‘Windows is activated with a digital license associated with your Microsoft account’.
To reinstall Windows,
Step 1: Open the Settings app (cog icon at the start menu)
Step 2: Click on Update and Security.
Step 3: Click on Recovery and scroll down to this link: ‘Learn how to start afresh with a clean installation of Windows’.
Step 4: Click ‘Yes’ on the pop-up asking if you want to switch apps to Windows Security.
Step 5: Click ‘Get Started’ under the Fresh Start option.
Step 6: A warning will pop up describing the process and explaining that all your apps will be removed. Click ‘Next’.
Step 7: A list of all the apps and other things that aren’t an app but are included in Windows 10 that will be removed will pop up. Click ‘Next’ to download the latest Windows version.
This process might take a while but you can continue to use your computer as it happens. When the download is complete, you will receive a notification that Windows is ready to be re-installed. Follow the prompts and remove all USB sticks that might cause problems at the 2 to 3 reboots.