If you’re seeing the blue screen of death error Kernel Security Check Error, and you have no idea what to do next, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting this problem as well. But no worries, it’s possible to fix.  The KERNEL SECURITY CHECK ERROR error message affecting Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

A message will appear on your screen that reads:

Your PC ran into a problem and need to restart. We´re just collecting some error info, and then we´ll restart for you. (0% Complete)

The error is usually triggered when the kernel detects a corruption of data and, in most cases, it can be triggered by a USB-related problem or by a corrupt driver or device. Kernel Security Check Failure means a file has failed a compatibility or integrity check and needs to be updated or replaced. This can be caused by outdated drivers, inherited drivers from Windows 7 or 8 that aren’t fully compatible with Windows 10 or a drive or core file that got corrupted somehow.

Fix Kernel security check failure Error in Windows

Fix Error #1: Check for updates

  1. Navigate to Settings, Update & Security and Windows Update.
  2. Click ‘Check for updates’.
  3. Update everything as required.

Fix Error #2: Run Driver Verifier

Use Driver Verifier for troubleshooting and debugging test failures and computer crashes.

  1. Open a Command Prompt window (Run as administrator) and type verifier to open the Driver Verifier Manager or Type or paste ‘verifier’ into the Search Windows box.
  2. Select ‘Create standard settings’ and click Next.
  3. Select ‘Automatically select unsigned drivers’ and click Next.
    Update any or all drivers in the list.
  4. If you have just upgraded to Windows 10, also try ‘Automatically select drivers built for older versions of Windows’ and click Next. Update those too if they don’t overlap with step 4.

Fix Error #3: System File Checker

  1. Click on Windows button and Search for cmd and you will get Command Prompt as a search result. (Right click on it & select Run as administrator option)
  2. A Command Prompt window will popup. In Command Prompt, enter the following lines command and hit Enter after each one.
     sfc /scannow
     chkdsk /f C:
  3. Let the process complete and make any repairs as necessary. Once the process is finished, exit the cmd.
  4. Now type memory in the Windows search bar and select “Windows Memory Diagnostic.
  5. In the set of options displayed select “Restart now and check for problems.”
  6. After which Windows will restart to check for possible RAM errors and will hopefully display the possible reasons as for why you get the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error message.
  7. Reboot your PC and check if the problem is resolved or not.

Fix Error #4: Run Memory Diagnostic tool

If the above methods fail to help you solve the problem, you should check if your RAM is at fault. You can check the status of RAM by:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke a Run command. Type mdsched.exe in the run box and press Enter.
  2. You could choose Restart now and check for problems(recommended) to check the status of your memory card right now, or choose Check for problems the next time I start my computer if you are too occupied now.
  3. You will be seeing one page with the progress of the check and number of passes it will run on memory.
  4. If you don’t see any error here and view the text “No problems have been detected yet“, it’s likely that your memory card is not causing any issues. If error is detected, it is suggested that you exchange the current memory card for a new one.

Fix Error #5: Error Cheking. Scan Hard Disk

  1. Another cause of this blue screen error is faulty hard drive. You should check if you need to get your hard drive replaced.
  2. IMPORTANT: Please make sure you have closed all open programs and files before your disk check.
  3. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time. Click This PC.
  4. Right-click the hard drive that you want to check and click Properties.
  5. Now from the Properties window select Disk Cleanup and click clean up system files.
  6. Again go the properties windows and select Tools tab and click on Check under Error checking
  7. Follow the on-screen instruction to finish error checking and Restart your PC and boot to windows normally.

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