Error: Your PC Ran into a Problem and Needs to Restart


This article will discuss important things that you need to know about the error “Your Computer Ran into a Problem and Needs to Restart”.  The error is also sometimes called as a “bug check” and simply means that your system has to stop due to a certain system error.

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Probable Causes of the Problem:

  • A certain file was accidentally deleted from the System 32 folder in the Windows Partition.  It could be done by you or a specific program on your computer
  • RAM is running in a higher percentage that the Operating System accepts.
  • Bad Driver or Drive Installation went wrong
  • Changes in Registry
  • Recent Changes in Hardware of the System.
  • Constant Improper shutdown of your computer.

You are lucky if you are running your computer on Windows Vista as it will automatically attempt to fix the problem upon restart.

What makes this error difficult to diagnose is the fact that the system does not provide a detailed or specific explanation on what caused the error. Thus, if you troubleshoot it personally, there are a lot of things that you have to consider.

Solution to the Problem

Boot into Safe Mode – a common practice when troubleshooting a computer.

To do this, press F8 or Shift + F8 after turning on your computer or while the OS is booting.

Run the System File Checker

  • Press the Win key + X hotkey to open the Win X menu.
  • After the menu opens, select Command Prompt (Admin).
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  • Enter ‘sfc /scannow’ in the Command Prompt window.
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  • Press Enter
  • Let the SFC scan finish and observe if you still experience the problem


Make sure your Drivers are Updated First

Before you try further the solutions presented on this article, it is best to ensure that the drivers of your computer or laptop are up-to-date.

I highly suggest you use Driver Booster to check your computer for driver updates. This is a free tool so there is no need to pay anything for the update.

All you have to do is download the installer on their website. Then install.  The software has a user friendly interface so you will not have problem navigating through its feature. I highly suggest you disregard other features and just use the feature where it helps you with drive update.

Observe your computer for a couple of days or weeks and if the error does not occur anymore, then it is most likely due to an outdated driver.

If you still experience the problem, then continue with the other solutions below.

Other Solutions – Install Avast on your Computer

There are also instances that the cause of the problem is a virus messing up system files. This results to a system crash.

So all you have to do is install Avast on your computer and do the AVAST boot-time scan.

Identifying Specific Error Message

As mentioned above, when you see the error, it does not show the exact reason why the problem occurred. This is because your computer is set to automatically restart when a system crash occurs.  So, all you have to do is disable this feature. Below are the steps to do it.

Go to Control Panel

To ensure that what you see next is the same as on this guide, please choose ‘Category’ on the view option.

Uncheck the “Automatically Restart” check box

After doing the steps above, the next time you experience the same problem, you will not anymore see the same message on the screen. The system will now display a specific error message you can try to Google for fix or solution. I suggest you prepare your mobile phone and take a photo of the error message when it prompts.

Now that you know the error message, gather information using Google and see if you can fix the problem on your own. If the steps presented are too difficult to do, it is best to consult the service of an expert.



I have been a computer and technology enthusiasts since college days where I took up Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Writing started as a hobby till I started earning through it which started last 2014. Since then I have writing and blogging. And also trying to expand my knowledge in the field of online marketing.

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