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14 Methods to Resolve Windows Stop Code Machine Check Exception

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Jan 15, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Stop code machine check exception errors also named as death errors are treated as the dangerous errors that can appear on your computer. These errors may cause some serious threats like the sudden crash of your computer, data loss, and many others.

In this article, we are going to discuss this error, the ways to resolve this error, and some easy remedies. In addition to these, we will discuss the Recoverit Data Recovery tool as it is the best tool to recover all the lost data from where the important files or data is missed. Here are 14 robust methods that can help you to resolve the Machine Check exception error.

Part 1: How to Fix Stop Code Machine Check Exception

Method 1: Disconnect Your DVD and Additional Hard Drives

If you come across the stop code machine exception error in Windows 10 when you are installing Windows using external storage devices or Hard drives, disconnect them or any other external storage devices from your computer.

This occurs if the operating system that you installed is not compatible with the drivers of the external hard drive connected to your computer. So it is always better to disconnect the hard drive and try to install the OS and check if the error is occurring again. If it occurs you can follow the other steps mentioned.

Method 2: Update your drivers

As mentioned above outdated drivers might be the reason for this error to occur. So this can be fixed by updating your driver by following the below steps:

Step 1: Press Windows + X at the same time and select "Device Manager".

Step 2: In the drivers displayed right-click on the problematic driver and select "Update driver".

Step 3: Select "Search automatically for updated driver software".

Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions to update the drivers.

Step 5: Restart your computer and check whether the error is gone.

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Note: Before following the above steps, it is recommended to download all the latest drivers from your hardware manufacturer website.

Method 3: Uninstall your graphics card driver

As mentioned in the above method sometimes outdated drivers may raise some unexpected and serious outcomes which include the crash of your entire computer and sometimes raise Machine Check exception Error. An important point to remember is that whatever may be the version of your graphic card whether it is the latest or outdated ensure to uninstall the driver if you face the error.

If the graphics card driver installed in your computer is not compatible with your Operating System, it may make your system slow and raise the above error. To resolve this, uninstall your graphics card driver by following the below steps:

  1. Enter "Device Manager" in "Start".
  2. In the device manager, under "Display Adapters" select the graphics card listed.
  3. Right, Click on the driver and select "Uninstall".
  4. In the prompt displayed, click "OK" to uninstall the driver.
  5. Restart your computer and check whether the error is fixed or not.

Method 4: Run the BSOD Troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with a powerful built-in feature – Troubleshoot which can be used to scan the problems that occurred on your computer. In the same way, the Machine Check exception error can also be resolved with this option. Follow the below steps:

Step 1: Click on "Start" and select "Settings".

Step 2: Under "Update& Security" select "Troubleshoot".

Step 3: Under "Find and Fix other problems", pick the option "Blue Screen" followed by "Run the Troubleshooter".

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Step 4: Proceed according to the on-screen instructions to complete troubleshooting.

Step 5: Restart your computer and check whether the error is resolved or not.

Method 5: Run the SFC scan

System files are very important for the proper functioning of your computer. And trust us, checking them has been helpful to many users as missing and corrupted system files cause very serious problems which include the Machine Check Exception error too. To resolve this issue Windows has a built-in feature called System File Checker. Here is how you need to go.

Step 1: You need to open the Command Prompt (Admin) window. Either type it in the Run dialog box or search for it or right-clicking the "Start" button and choose the option from the menu.

Step 2: When the window comes, type" DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth" and press the Enter key.

Step 3: wait for the process and type "sfc/scannow" and press "Enter". Wait for scanning to over. Reboot your computer.

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Method 6: Run DISM

For the System File checker to work properly, you should run Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). When you run this in the command prompt, the system image will re-deploy and resolve the issue. For this you have two methods:

Standard Method

Step 1: Open the command prompt and type "DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth" and press "Enter".

Step 2: Let the scan gets completed and restart the PC.

Using Windows Installation

Step 1: Connect your Windows installation media

Step 2: Open Command prompt and type:

Step 3: After that, type "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.win:1 /LimitAccess"

Step 4: Replace 'X' with the mounted drive letter.

Step 5: Restart your computer and check the error.

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Method 7: Update your BIOS

Check for the version of the BIOS on your computer as outdated BIOS might be a reason for system crash and various other errors like the Machine check exception error. For this initially, you have to first download the latest version of BIOS and keep it ready in your external flash drive. You can check this by entering "msinfo32" in the Run box and then under "System Information" > "BIOS Version/Date" – you can find the version number of the BIOS.

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Method 8: Disable Fast Boot and CSM in BIOS

Sometimes fast boot options available in Windows can be a reason for the Stop code Machine Check Exception error. As the Fast boot option will increase the load on the OS, it can sometimes raise this error while starting Windows. Follow the below steps to disable Fast boot and CSM in BIOS:

Step 1: Open "Control Panel" and select "Power Options".

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Step 2: In Power Options, select "Choose what the power button does" option followed by "Change settings that are currently unavailable".

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Step 3: Under Shut down settings, uncheck "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" and click on "Save Changes".

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Step 4: Restart your computer and check whether the error is fixed or not.

Method 9: Disable Intel SpeedStep Technology in BIOS

Intel SpeedStep Technology in BIOS is provided by the Intel for the fast processing of your computer. It is also reported that disabling this option in the BIOS may resolve the Machine Check Exception error. To disable that, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Reboot your computer and press "F10" to enter the Boot Menu.

Step 2: In the Boot Menu, check whether "Intel Speed Step" is enabled or disabled.

Step 3: If enabled, press enters and select disable.

Step 4: Save the changes and exit. Your computer will automatically restart without any errors.

Before following the above steps, we strongly recommend you to go through the Motherboard manual and follow the instructions given there.

Method 10: Check Your Hardware Physically

Faulty hardware can also be one of the main reasons behind the Machine Check Exception error. So make sure that all the hardware in your computer is properly installed or not.

  1. Check whether RAM is placed properly, CPU heatsink is installed properly, and clean the dust from CPU fans.
  2. If new hardware is installed and the error occurs after that, try to reinstall the hardware correctly and check whether the error has been resolved.
  3. After checking all the above mentioned and ensure that there is no problem, restart your computer and check whether the error is fixed or not.

Method 11: Disable your LAN adapter

A LAN adapter is a very important part of a computer without which you cannot connect to the Internet. This makes your computer connect to the local network which sometimes might raise the Machine Check Exception Error. So it is recommended to disable the LAN Adapter by following the below steps:

Step 1: Open "Settings" in your PC and go to the "Network & Security" option.

Step 2: Click on "Status" on the left panel under "Network and Internet".

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Step 3: Select "Change adapter options" and right-click on it.

Step 4: Select the "Disable" option from the menu.

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Method 12: Set SATA Fast boot to All devices

Setting the SATA Fast boot option to all devices in BIOS might fix the Machine Check Exception error. As this setting varies from the motherboard to motherboard, we recommend you to follow the motherboard manual for instructions.

Method 13: Check for faulty hardware

The Stop code Machine Check Exceptions errors or death errors can be raised due to faulty hardware present in your computer. So, make sure that when you come across such errors check your RAM, processor, motherboard, and various other major hardware components.

Many users have reported that a faulty processor can be the reason behind the error, so ensure that you check your processor, and then if the error still occurs check for other hardware and try replacing them.

Method 14: Reset This PC

Despite trying all the above methods if you are still facing the Machine Check Exception Error, it is recommended to reset your computer. To resolve this issue, Windows 10 came with a built-in feature called "Reset this PC". Follow the below steps to use this feature:

Step 1: Under "Settings" click on "Update & Security".

Step 2: In "Recovery" on the left panel, under "Reset this PC" click on "Get Started".

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Step 3: Choose from the two options "Keep my files" or "Remove everything" according to your choice and requirement. However, you will lose all your installed apps as they will get uninstalled. Also, the setting will restore to the default ones.

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Step 4: Now, you can follow the on-screen prompts to reset your PC.

Step 5: Restart your computer and check whether the error still exists.

Part 2: How to Recover Unsaved Data due to stop code machine check exception?

Stop code machine check exception error is undoubtedly a very annoying error that might make you panic. Also, your computer might contain many important files that will be lost because of this error. It is very hard to imagine what happens if all the data you needed is lost.

Don't worry as the Recoverit Data Recovery tool has many built-in features that make sure that all your lost data is recovered back in a very easy and user-friendly manner. Follow the below steps to use this tool efficiently in getting back your data:

Step 1: Launch Recoverit Data Recovery

Step 2: Select the Location

Once the program is launched, use it to select the location on your computer from where you want to recover your data:

recoverit interface

Step 3: Scan Selected Location

Recoverit enables auto scan of the selected location which may differ from minutes to hours based on the size of the files available in the location:

This tool gives two user-friendly options:

Pinpoint files during the scan

Using this feature, you can apply the filters available on the right side of the UI which helps you in easily recovering the files that you have missed.

operations during scanning

Pause or Stop Scanning

Recoverit Data Recovery tool gives one of the biggest advantages to pause or stop the auto scan in the middle though Recoverit starts the scan automatically.

Step 4: Preview Files

Recoverit Data Recovery tool also provides a user-friendly option of Preview. This option allows you to check whether the file is what you are searching for before recovering it.

Once you find the preview of files, you have options to view the file on full screen, zoom in, and zoom out the files.

preview recovered photos

Using the preview feature, you can view all the files that were listed during the scan. If you have found the file that you have been searching to take a break and click on the "Recover" button available in the tool.

It will ask for the location where you want to save the recovered file.

It is always advisable, if you can save that recovered files in external storage like USB or Hard drives there will be a backup available for you.

The Bottom Line

This article has provided a comprehensive list of methods that can be followed to fix the stop code machine check exception error in Windows 10. Follow any of the 14 methods discussed above and if one method doesn't work the other methods can work and fix the error and ensure the smooth working of your computer.

Once the error has been fixed by any of the above-mentioned methods, you can recover your lost data (if any) using the Recoverit Data Recovery tool. As Machine check exception error sometimes crashes your computer, there is a very high chance that your data may be lost. In such cases, the Recoverit Data recovery tool can be used to recover all the lost data easily.

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David Darlington

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