The Blue Screens of Death (BSODs) are among the few errors which have a long history and existed since Windows 1.0 was released. In recent versions, Windows try to provide more info about the BSOD error, like stop code name and number, sometimes including the name of the file that caused the error. The stop code SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION BSOD could happen for a variety of reasons such as overheating components, faulty memory, power supply issues, etc.
To fix this problem, try the following methods.
Method 1: Check for problematic software or drivers
As I mentioned, the SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION blue screen may try to include the name of the file that caused it. If it does not provide any further information, there’s another way to find it, is by checking minidump files – where Windows stores BSOD’s information.
To view minidump files, you can use BlueScreenView application, or simply find it in ‘C:\Windows\Minidump’ folder. Open the minidump files, and you’ll find the related program which could cause the error. Now, google it to find out it’s a hardware driver or a program.
In case it’s a third-party program, try to temporarily disable or uninstall it. Restart your computer then see if the error is fixed or persists.
In case it’s a hardware driver, follow the below guide to update it:
- Hit the ‘Windows + X’ shortcut on your keyboard then select ‘Device Manager’;
- Right-click the hardware corresponding to the driver related to the error then choose ‘Update driver’;
- You can select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option and follow instructions to complete the process. This process will download and install any available updates of the driver.
In case you have downloaded the latest driver to your computer, you can select ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ option, then navigate it to the downloaded file. After the process completes, check if the SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION error is fixed or persists.
Method 2: Perform a scan with System File Checker
Corrupted system files also are a potential cause of the error. To scan for and restore corrupt Windows system files, run the SFC (System File Checker) which is integrated in Windows. If you can not start your computer normally, try to run System File Checker in Safe Mode or Boot Time. To perform a SFC scan:
- Search for ‘cmd’ in Start menu, right-click Command Prompt and select ‘Run as Administrator’;
- A window will open, type in the ‘sfc /scannow’ command and hit Enter key;
- This process will take time to complete, then restart your PC. This scanning process will replace all corrupted files on the next reboot.
If the SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION error keeps coming, you might need to do a clean Windows install. In Windows 10, the Reset this PC feature will do it for you.