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How to fix ‘Bad Pool Header’ error

Bad Pool Header error is a blue screen error that arises if the system detects critical malfunctioning. This error notifies the user about a problem connected with memory use and says ‘Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer’. Simply defined, the error is a defense mechanism responding when anything, no matter what - hardware or software, tries to do something wrong to the memory. Windows stops working and displays the information on a blue screen as known as the blue screen of death.

Bad Pool Header error

The main causes for seeing the error include:

  • Faulty device drivers
  • Corrupted registry entries
  • Hard disk injuries
  • RAM issues
  • System files malfunction
  • Software problems

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Fix Bad Pool Header error manually

  1. Restart Windows
  2. Sometimes the blue screen is just a glitch of the system, so rebooting might get everything back to normal. If the problem is still here, you shall need to take more complicated measures listed below.

  3. Check RAM
    • Initiate the search for memory
    • In the result find Diagnose Your Computer’s Memory Problem
    • A click on it It will start the scanning and fixing

  4. Check disc driver
    • Open My Computer
    • Right-click the hard drive
    • Choose Properties
    • Go to the Tools tab
    • Click Check Now

  5. Update the drivers and system
    • Initiate the search for update
    • Click on Windows Update
    • On the left panel choose Check for Updates
    • In the appeared list you’ll see available updates
    • Check the boxes with the drivers you would like to install
    • Click OK

    This will update the system as well as the basic drivers, as their maintenance is included into update packages.

  6. Undo recent changes
  7. If you have recently installed new software, go to the Control Panel and remove it. Some of the programs may conflict with each other and lead to Bad Pool Header error. Pay attention to antivirus/antimalware programs to make sure they are compatible with your system.

  8. Stop Indexing Service
    • Press Win+R
    • Type services.msc and hit Enter
    • In the shown list find Indexing Service and right-click it
    • Choose Properties
    • Set Manual or Disabled as the Startup type
    • Click OK

  9. Disconnect external devices
  10. Hardware can also be a ground for causing Bad Pool Header error. To see if it’s true unplug all devices from the PC, leaving only the mouse and keyboard. Then reboot the system to check the result.

  11. Restore the system
  12. This solution goes as a nuclear one, and should be applied to only if all the above mentioned steps haven’t had any effect.

    • Open the Control Panel
    • Change the view to Icons
    • Click on Recovery
    • Click on Open System Restore button
    • Follow the on-screen wizard steps
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