Every blue screen has a code associated with it known as Stop code. Using this stop code, one can troubleshoot the issue very easily. Sometimes, the blue screen of death vanishes quickly, and you are not able to see error messages or Stop code. In such cases, you can use different ways to find Windows Stop code from the system.

The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) usually occurs due to hardware and software issues. Well, the associated Stop code can help you get the details. Let’s see what Windows Stopcode is in detail.

What is Windows Stop Code?

Windows Stop code is a hexadecimal code associated with stop errors or BSOD. It usually starts with 0x. All the Windows 10 Stop codes are different from each other. Hence, it becomes easy to find the exact cause of the issue. For example, when Windows stop code 0xc000021a is displayed, it means the user-mode subsystem has issues in Windows.

The Windows Stopcode can be addressed in short form as well like 0xc000021a can be 0x21a. The zeros before the number are omitted. The common Windows 10 stop codes are mentioned below, along with the ways to fix it.

Common Windows Stop Code Errors and Ways to Fix it

There are some common solutions to fix blue screen errors. If you frequently experience blue screen errors, then you can check out different ways to fix the blue screen of death.

If your Windows Stopcode says a critical process died, then check our guide and learn how to fix the critical process died in Windows 10.

The list of some of the common stop errors include:

Windows Stop Code Stop Error Explanation
0x000000EF CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Issues with crucial system processes in Windows
0x00000074 BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO Issues in the Windows Registry
0x00000019 BAD_POOL_HEADER Issues with pool header
0xc000021a STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATED or Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart Issues with hardware or software
0xC0000221 STATUS_IMAGE_CHECKSUM_MISMATCH Issues with system DLL file and driver
0x00000067 CONFIG_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Issues with the registry configuration
0x00000069 IO1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Issues with Input/Output device initialization
0x0000009A SYSTEM_LICENSE_VIOLATION Issues with system license


Many other common Windows 10 blue screen error codes depend on your system issues. Check out the detailed list of solutions to, “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” issue.

Sometimes the blue screen also displays contact windows.com/stopcode. The link takes you on Microsoft page for troubleshooting BSOD errors. If you wish to know how to find the Windows Stop code, then you can refer to the next section.

How to Find Windows Stop Code?

Once you know the Windows Stop code, you can take the appropriate measures to avoid BSOD errors in the future. You can resolve common errors like bad system config info or bad pool header easily with some workarounds.

Well, there are three ways one can find out the Windows 10 Stop code error of the recently faced issues. One is to use the Event Viewer, and another is to use third-party tools. You can opt for anyone depending on your needs.

1. Use Event Viewer

The event viewer keeps track of every event that takes place on your system. As mentioned above, sometimes Windows repairs itself quickly. The repair process is so prompt that you cannot read the Windows Stop Code or error properly.

In such cases, you can check the Event Viewer and track the error based on the time of occurrence. To access the Event Viewer and check the event log, go through the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Type event viewer in the start menu. Right-click on Event Viewer from the search result and select Run as administrator.

Run Event Viewer as administrator
Click on Run as administrator

Step 2: Head to Windows Logs. In the right panel, click on Create Custom View. In the Custom View window, select the time when you experienced blue screen errors from the drop next to Logged.

Under the Event Level, choose Error and Critical. Next, select Windows Logs for Event Logs. Once done with all the parameters selected, the OK button will be enabled. Click on OK.

Event Viewer Window with Custom view
Make the required changes and click on OK

Step 3: Give the name to the custom made view. Click on OK.

Custom View Name
Name the custom view as you wish and click on OK

Step 4: Under Event Viewer, you will see the new custom view, with all the logs in the middle panel.

Custom View in the Event Viewer to find windows stop code
Event Viewer with a new custom view

You can check all the critical and error logs and find the Windows Stopcode in the General and Details tab at the bottom of the Event Viewer.

2. Use NirSoft BlueScreenView

NirSoft BlueScreenView to find windows stop code

The BlueScreenView by NirSoft can help you find the Windows Stop code using the dump files. This third-party tool is a one-stop destination for all the information you need related to the crash.

The BlueScreenView shows information in the form of a table and also on the blue screen. Be it drivers, files, or applications, whatever caused the crash; this app will address each and everything. So along with Stop code, you can get other related information.

The added advantage of using BlueScreenView is that it is free. You can either download the full version or Zip file to install it.

Download BlueScreenView here.

3. Use Windows Notification

The heading might surprise many of you. Well, if Windows recover from the crash on its own, then you can see a window showing the message. The message is, “Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown.”

You can see the details about the crash like BugCheck Code, and Problem Event Name in the problem details. Click on View problem details to see the required information on Windows Stop code.


The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) can be annoying if it is too frequent. In such cases, the Windows Stop code can help you find out the underlying cause of errors. There are different ways one can find Stop code.

If you wish to have detailed information about the issue, then you can use a third-party app called BlueScreenView. The other ways include the Windows notification and Event Viewer. You can opt for any one of the ways depending on how deep you wish to go with the Stop code analysis.