Methods to Fix Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 Error

Methods to Fix Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 Error

If you meet the computer problem blue screen 4 error, you should not be a worry. It is a complete guide to fix Blue Screen STOP 0x00000004 Error.

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Sep 25, 2020 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


If you're Windows user, great chances are that you've encountered a Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 error at some of using your PC. BSOD short for Blue Screen of Death sometimes referred to as STOP error crops up when Windows encounters a problem and one that is so serious that it has to stop completely.

There are several different types of BSOD errors such as Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 that can occur in any Windows operating system old and new including Windows 98/95, Windows XP, and Windows 10. Before setting out to fix BSOD error 4, and attempting to recover any data lost as a result, you should educate yourself on what is BSOD 4 and how it's caused so that you can take the right steps to fix Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 and recover files that may have been lost as a result.

Part 1: What is Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 Error?

Shadow Copy sometimes dubbed Volume Shadow Copy Service or Volume Snapshot Service is a technology that comes with certain Windows OS. It is designed to allow users to take automatic or manual backup copies or snapshots of computer files or volumes even when they are being used. These copies can be created on both external and local volumes by any Windows component that utilizes this technology such as when creating an automatic System Restore point or a scheduled Windows Backup.

Blue Screen of Death error 4 generally occurs when the shadow copy technology fails to work on systems that are powered by Windows Server 2012. When it occurs, users may see PFN_LIST_CORRUPT on the same screen, and several symptoms can trigger error code 4. One of the notable symptoms of Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 is when you see "PFN_LIST_CORRUPT" appear and crash in the active program window. You may also see "STOP Error 0x4: PFN_LIST_CORRUPT" displayed on your screen.

Sometimes you may see an error message alerting you that an issue has been detected, and the operating system has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. In some cases especially when running the same program, your computer may often crash with the Error 0x4. Other symptoms of error4 include your computer freezing periodically for a few seconds at a time and Windows running sluggishly, and not responding appropriately to keyboard or mouse input.

Part 2: CauseS of Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 eRROR

There are issues in your PC that can cause error 4, most commonly when you have incorrectly configured, outdated corrupt device drivers. The next important cause of BSOD 4 is your Windows registry is corrupted usually when the software is installed or uninstalled. Your PC is susceptible to all kinds of virus and malware infections, and error 4 can be caused when they corrupt Windows Operating System-related program files or Windows system files.

Speaking of new installations, error 4 can also occur when there is a driver conflict after installing new hardware. Further, software or drivers related to Windows OS that has damaged or corrupted system files can also cause BSOD error 4. In terms of hardware, you can experience error 0x4 blue screen if you a damaged hard disk, and corrupted memory (RAM. And lastly, BSOD 4 error can also be caused by a wide range of firmware, hardware, driver, and software issues.

Part 3: How to Fix Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 Error?

Now that you know what error 4 is and what causes it, it's time to fix the issue. Before you do so, it is important to note that it may take a few hours to fix BSOD 4 depending on what caused the error to begin with, where some are easy and others may require you to seek professional help. Additionally, the steps mentioned below apply to all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and the latest Windows 10.

First things first—it helps to figure out what type of changes you made triggered the BSOD 4 such as installing a Windows update, updated a driver, or installed a new program or hardware. Some of these solutions include:

  1. If you know the exact change you made, you can undo it, and then check to see if you're still experiencing error 4.
    • Using System Restore to get your PC back to its last known good configuration
    • Starting up using Last Known Good Configuration
    • Rolling Back the device driver before the driver update
  2. When installing Windows, it is important that you not only save space for the OS but also ensure that you have space left after it is installed. BSOD 4 can occur if you're primary partition is cramped and does not have any space left. It is recommended that you should always have a minimum of 100 MB of free space, but 10% of the drive's capacity is much better.
  3. Scanning your computer for viruses is something that you should be doing regularly because there are a few that can affect the boot sector or master boot record (MBR). Before using an antivirus, you must ensure that it is up to date.
  4. Ensure that your system is OS is updated with the latest patches and fixes, because some of them may be solutions to error 4.
  5. Given that most Blue Screen of Death is driver or hardware related, ensure that all the drivers for the hardware are updated to fix the Stop error.
  6. Head to the Event Viewer on your PC and check the System and Application logs for clues on what could have caused error 4.
  7. Return BIOS and hardware settings to default could fix BSOD 4. Non-default hardware and misconfigured BIOS are known to cause several random issues including BSOD's.
  8. Check to see that all the cables and hardware components of the PC are well secured in their respective slots.
  9. Perform diagnostics tests on hardware because a failing hardware component could also cause error 4.
  10. Start your PC with the necessary hardware only such as CPU, RAM, motherboard, hard drive, video card, monitor, etc.

If you find that hardware is the cause of BSOD 4:

If you find that certain software is causing error 4:

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Part 4: How to Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4, STOP 0x00000004 Error?

The chances of data loss as a result of error 4 are extremely high, and when it comes to BSOD data recovery, there's good and bad news. The good news is that the market is flooded data recovery software options, but choosing the best one to get the job done right can be a daunting task.

This is where Recoverit by Wondershare is a great solution and for several reasons. For starters, it is available for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS and allows you to recover lost data fairly quickly. Additionally, Recoverit supports several different file types including documents, graphics, video, audio, email, and other files such as ZIP and RAR. Getting started with Recoverit is easy, where you first:

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    1. Download and install the software on your computer by clicking the WondershareRecoverit.exe file.
    2. Next, register the software with the registration key sent to your email, and then launch the software and enter the registration key.
    3. You will now be greeted with an intuitive dashboard that is populated with several options. Since you're trying to recover data from a BSOD 4 crash, select the "System Crash Data Recovery" mode.

Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4-step 3

    1. Now you will have to create a bootable drive so that you can retrieve data from a crashed system.

Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4-step 4

    1. You will now be presented with two modes to create a bootable drive— USB bootable drive or CD/DVD bootable drive so select the right one and click the "Create" button to start.

Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4-step 5

    1. If you select a USB bootable drive, a message will pop up alerting you that the respective flash drive will be formatted.

Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4-step 6

    1. Do not eject the USB flash drive or pull out the CD/DVD drive during the process, and be patient because this process may take some time to complete.

Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4-step 7

    1. Once you've successfully created the bootable drive, follow the onscreen instructions to recover data from BSOD 4.

Recover Data If You Lost Data After Blue Screen BCCode 4-step 8

That's it—now restart your computer, sit back and let Recoverit recover data lost due to error code 4.


Several issues can cause error 4, but what's more important is trying to recover your data lost as a result of it. When looking for the best BSOD data recovery software, you will be spoilt for choice given the vast number of options available. But Recoverit is not available in a free version, but even the paid versions with extra features are highly affordable and worth paying for if your data is important to you.

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