How to Fix Critical Service Failed Error on Windows 10?

Sometimes Windows 10 PC users may face BSOD with the message “Critical Service Failed” (this error also often occurs on Windows 8.1 or 8). In such a scenario, Windows displays STOP error code: 0x0000005A.

Why Does Critical Service Failed Error Occur?

Most often, the cause of this error is associated with a driver that conflicts with other drivers on the system. Often, the Critical Service Failed error occurs after installing third-party applications or updating the OS. In many cases, after rebooting the error disappears, but then reappears again.

Critical Service Failed appears not only on workstations for common users but also on servers running Windows Server. Another common situation is when user faces System is not Authoritative for the Specified Account error when trying to change the password on Windows 10 through Command prompt.

Common causes for the error:

  • The operating system refuses to work with previously installed drivers without a digital signature;
  • Hardware compatibility issues;
  • It is impossible to work with the computer if Critical Service Failed appears frequently.

How to Fix Issues with BSOD Critical Service Failed in Windows 10?

You can fix the issue by disabling the Windows requirement to use only digitally signed drivers. This method makes the computer more vulnerable, but the “Critical Service Failed” error will stop appearing. A temporary solution will allow you to get full access to the operating system and use stronger methods to get rid of the BSOD “Critical Service Failed”.

To disable the mandatory driver verification follow the next steps:

  1. Wait until your PC restarts and Automatic Repair starts.
  2. Click the Advanced options button on the automatic OS recovery screen.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot. Then select Startup settings. Click Restart to reboot the PC.
  4. Select Download Options. After the computer boots up, a menu will be displayed on the screen. Press F7 to disable the mandatory driver verification option.

To prevent the OS from showing the “Critical Service Failed” error in the future, make changes to the Windows 10 registry.

  1. Open Registry Editor: press the Win + R keys to open the Run window, type regedit, and press Enter.
  2. Click the OK on-screen button or press Enter on your computer keyboard.
  3. Click “Yes” to allow Registry Editor to make changes to your PC.
  4. In the registry editor menu, select the Edit item, then the Find sub-item.
  5. Open the registry path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\CrashControl
  6. Double click on the “Crash dump enabled” key.
    critical service failed
  7. Change the value from 0 to 1.
  8. Close Registry Editor and restart your PC.

How to Fix Critical Service Failed on Windows 10, 8, and 8.1?

Incorrect drivers are the cause of the “Critical Service Failed” error. Disabling the message is not a fix, i.e., a temporary solution. The permanent solution is to remove the error-causing drivers and install fresh ones.

To fix the problem, you need to install the latest PC drivers and accessories. Download them from the official website of the manufacturer of your computer, motherboard, video card, or other equipment.

Check data integrity and restore system files using the SFC utility. Press Win + R and type:

sfc / scannow

Press Enter and wait for the file recovery to complete.

If you remember after what event the “Critical Service Failed” error appeared, roll back the OS to a restore point with a date when the BSOD did not occur yet:

  1. Press the Win and R keys at the same time.
  2. Type in the field and hit Enter:
    rstrui
  3. Select a date when there was no “Critical Service Failed” error yet.
  4. Wait for Windows to recover.

Other Possible Causes for the Error 0x0000005A

  • The software that causes the “Critical Service Failed” error may start at Startup. To fix this, you should open Task Manager (to do this, simultaneously press Shift + Ctrl + Esc).┬áHere go to the Startup tab and remove unnecessary applications from startup.
    critical service failed windows 10
  • Stop code or “Critical Service Failed” may appear if there is not enough space on the PC hard disk. You need at least 2-10 GB of free disk space on the computer where the OS is installed.
Cyril Kardashevsky

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