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Question CRITICAL SERVICE FAILED - Blue Screen Error Causing a Reboot Loop in Windows 8

Blue Screen Causing a Reboot Loop (CRITICAL SERVICE FAILED)


Getting a BSoD with the error code "CRITICAL SERVICE FAILED"


Windows 8 started getting a BSoD with the error code "CRITICAL SERVICE FAILED". And right after this pops up the computer restarts in a loop, and gets the exact same BSoD


A Critical Service Failed error can be the result of Windows system data file damage. Damaged system files are often a substantial danger to the health and wellbeing of your machine.

There are lots of events which can cause file errors: An incomplete installation, an incomplete file erasure, incorrect deletion of applications or devices. It could also be brought about if the machine is infected by malware or adware or spyware attack or by an incorrect shut down of the machine. The previously mentioned actions may very well end up in the erasure or corruption of Windows system data files. A damaged system file will give you absent and wrongly connected documents and files vital for the optimal operation of the program.


1. Reboot the system in safe mode by tapping F8 while holding the shift key. It doesn't work every time, but it does work a significant percent of the time. From there click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Windows Startup Settings > Automatic Repair.

2. You can also try System Restore if you have a restore point from this same place once you reach the Advanced Options menu.

3. If Automatic Repair does not work first. If those don't work: Go to the same place using the F8 Key + Shift and click on Command Prompt. Then use the bootrec commands to fix your computer. Using the command prompt you bring up (outside Windows) by clicking on Command Prompt at the Advanced Options"Blue Box of Choices", type these commands, hitting enter after each one. The order you use them doesn't matter, nor does upper or lower case in the commands. They work often when other Startup Repair mechanisms haven't in Win 7 and Vista, and I assume in Win 8.
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /rebuildbcd
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /scanos

4. You can try putting in the Win 8 DVD .iso you burned and see if that will give you an option for repair. Often getting to Bios setup and putting the DVD first in the boot order and then starting from it (you'll get a "press any key to boot from CD/DVD" will get you a choice of repairing or selecting a drive to install it on.

5. Install Win 8 onto a USB flash drive as suggested above and try to run the recovery from there:
When you get into Windows from the flash drive, right click on the lower left corner of the desktop>select control panel from the context menu that pops up>Recovery will take you to the Win 8 version of the Advanced Options Menu.

6. You can enter the advanced settings by pressing escape just before the loading screen with fish is displayed! From there you can enter safe mode through the advanced setting.

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