Fix: Critical_Structure_Corruption BSOD Error on Windows 10

The Critical_Structure_Corruption is a kind of BSOD Errors that occurs while restarting Windows 10 after a recent upgrade. When this Blue Screen of Death issue occurs, your system gets stuck and you simply can’t access the Windows screen normally. Today, in this blog, we explore the reasons that cause this system crash to occur along with some quick workarounds that can resolve this bug-check screen. 

Usually, corrupt device driver and obsolete system files cause this critical_structure_corruption BSOD error to occur in the first place. A few times, problematic devices or running unnecessary apps in the background may also lead to the Kernel Error. Repair Windows files, disconnect the faulty secondary devices, and “updating Windows 10 drivers to its latest version” are some of the troubleshooting methods. If the Blue Screen error persists even after, use the memory diagnostic tool or perform a clean boot to fix the Critical_Structure_Corruption screen. 

The same blue screen error often appears under different names which are as follows –

1. wdboot sys sys critical_structure_corruption
2. “store data structure corruption” BSOD
3. MSDN bugcheck critical_structure_corruption
4. critical_structure_corruption win32kfull sys

Critical_Structure_Corruption BSOD Error

How to solve Critical_Structure_Corruption BSOD error on Windows 10

To fix the critical_structure_corruption BSOD error on Windows 10, use the following workarounds –

1. Unplug all the peripherals devices

The attached secondary peripheral devices such as hard drive, printer, USB are some prime culprits that cause this critical_structure_corruption BSOD Error. To resolve this bugcheck, you need to identify these buggy devices and detach the same from the computer. At first, unplug one of the devices (except Keyboard and Mouse) and restart the system. After the next login check, if the Windows start in the normal state. Repeat this process until you verify all of the external devices. Once you are sure that none of the devices are damaged, move to the solutions discussed below –

Note: Before proceeding to apply any of the below workarounds, you need to first sign in to your Windows using Safe Mode

2. Download the latest version of drivers

The driver plays a vital role in incorporating several functions on Windows 10. The driver becomes obsolete as the time passes by thus leading to similar BSOD errors during Windows boot-up. To diagnose this problem, you need to identify the corrupt one and install its latest version visiting the manufacturer’s website. Let’s know the steps to check and update the installed drivers –

  • First of all, make sure that your system has access to a proper Internet connection.
  • Do the right-click on the Start button and select the Device Manager option.
  • When the new window opens up, expand each section separately to find out the problematic driver.

Note: The Yellow exclamation mark next to the driver implies the faulty one.

  • Make a right-click again on the specific driver and choose Update driver from the context menu.

Update driver

  • On the next screen, hit Search automatically for updated driver software.

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  • Go through the on-screen instruction until this process gets over.
  • Finally, Reboot your system and check if you can access Windows normally or not.

3. Scan PC for corrupt System Files

The corrupt Windows files can also lead to critical_structure_corruption BSOD Error. To get rid of this bugcheck value, scan the entire system using the functionality “sfc/scannow”. Let’s learn how to do –

  • Press Win & S hotkey to launch the Search box and type Command Prompt in the text area.
  • Right-click on the well-matching result and choose Run as Administrator.
  • When the UAC prompts, tap Yes to allow the access. 
  • Near the blinking cursor, copy/paste the following command and hit the Enter key –

sfc/scannow

Perform System Files Scan

  • Wait for a while until the above process gets over.
  • Do Reboot your PC after the scanning and repairing of system files finishes. 

Check whether you can access the normal Windows without experiencing the critical_structure_corruption issue from the next login. If not, proceed to the next line of action –

4. Repair the damaged Images using DISM command

In certain scenarios, the Windows files get damaged accidentally and thus cause critical_structure_corruption BSOD Error. Windows deploys an advanced troubleshooting tool “Deployment Image Service and Management (DISM)” to repair such faults. Here’s how to use this utility program –

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select the Run option using the Power Menu.
  • At the text bar, type cmd and simultaneously hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys.
  • If the User Account Control window pops in, press Yes to permit the access.
  • Copy/paste the below code and press the Enter key –

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

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  • Wait until the above task completes and do Restart your PC at the end.

Note: If somehow you are still unable to get the online files, try using Windows Installation Media.

  • To do so, insert the DVD or USB having Windows files to its respective port and Restart the PC.
  • Now Copy/Paste the following code and hit Enter key at the end –

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess

  • Here, “C:RepairSourceWindows” is the USB path which you can change as per your path-location.
  • Next, follow the on-screen instructions and this will resolve the re-occurring BSOD bug.

5. Use the memory diagnostic tool

If there are some memory problems inside your computer, this may also prevent access to the Windows Screen thus causing the critical_structure_corruption BSOD error. To ensure whether this is a memory issue or not, run the in-built memory diagnostic tool. Here are the essential steps –

  • Press Windows key and R shortcut to invoke the Run dialog.
  • At the void bar, type mdsched.exe and tap the OK button.

A new window will pop up asking to select either “Restart now and check for problems (recommended)" or "Check for problems the next time I start my computer".

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  • When the diagnostic begins, it displays the number of passes that it had checked and the remaining memory capacity.
  • If all goes well (no memory faults) yet you are encountering the BSOD error, follow the next solution –

6. Verify the Event Viewer

The event viewer stores information related to any BSOD Errors that have ever occurred on Windows 10. We suggest checking this built-in app to get an idea of the critical_structure_corruption error and its nature (software or hardware). 

  • Launch the Power Menu (Win+X) and select Event Viewer from the list.
  • On the Event Viewer wizard, expand Windows Logs followed by System available at the left column. See the Snapshot below –

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  • Look at the mid-row and check if any of the suspicious events do occur at the time of BSOD occurrence. 
  • If yes, this particular program is the main culprit, remove the same from your computer.

Reboot the Windows and check if it fixes the critical_structure_corruption BSOD Error or not.

7. Perform a clean boot

If none of the above methods resolve the underlying cause behind this BSOD error, you should perform a clean boot of the operating system. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Jointly press Win & R hotkey to launch the Run dialog.
  • Type msconfig near the winking cursor and press the OK button.
  • The System Configuration window will launch immediately, head over to the Services tab.
  • Unmark the checkbox left to the Hide all Microsoft services thereafter click Disable all.

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  • Now, go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
  • Here, select each item separately and hit the Disable button.

Clean boot

  • Come back to the System Configuration window and tap OK to confirm the recent changes.
  • Lastly, Restart your PC and check whether it does fix the BSOD issue or not. 

Note: After the subsequent login, if BSOD error persists, re-enable the services that you have stopped above.