How to fix a system service exception error in Windows

If you’ve encountered a blue screen of death (BSOD) with a SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error, it’s often due to a driver issue. Although this can be frustrating, you can usually resolve it by running a system fix scan, and Windows should take care of the problem. Here’s a step-by-step guide to tackle the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION BSOD and break the blue screen reboot loop.

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Windows 10 or 11 PC

 

1. Run a System Scan

SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION blue screens are usually caused by a system driver error. Windows has a built-in scan tool to help fix file system and Windows driver errors.

If You Can’t Boot to Windows:
  • Try booting into Safe Mode.
Steps:
  1. Open PowerShell as Administrator:
    • Search for “Powershell” in the Windows search bar.
    • Right-click the result and select Run as administrator.
  2. Run DISM Scan:
    • Type the following command and press Enter:

      bash

      Dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    • This will find and replace any missing or corrupted files within the Windows Component Store. Let it complete.
  3. Run System File Checker:
    • In the same PowerShell window, type:

      bash

      SFC /scannow
    • This checks Windows system files for errors.
  4. Reboot Your PC:
    • After running these scans, reboot your PC and see if the BSOD issue is resolved.

 

2. Run Driver Verifier

If the file system check tools didn’t work, try running Windows’ built-in driver verification tool to see if it’s a system driver issue.

Note:

If Driver Verifier finds a corrupt driver, it can trigger a BSOD. Consider creating a system restore point or manually backing up your data to be safe.

Steps:
  1. Open PowerShell as Administrator:
    • Search for “Powershell” in the Windows search bar.
    • Right-click the result and select Run as administrator.
  2. Run Driver Verifier:
    • Type in verifier.exe and press Enter.
  3. Create Standard Settings:
    • In the window that appears, select Create standard settings, then select Next.
  4. Select All Drivers:
    • Select Automatically select all drivers installed on this computer, then select Finish.
  5. Reboot Your PC:
    • Wait for the driver verifier to complete during startup. If any blue screens occur, note the errors as they indicate which driver needs updating, upgrading, or replacing.
If You Get Stuck in a Boot Loop:
  • Boot into Safe Mode and start the Verifier tool again. On the first screen, select Delete existing settings, then select Finish.

 

3. Use System Restore

If the above methods don’t solve the problem, try reverting to a system restore point. This can fix a number of issues, especially if you’ve recently installed new hardware or software.

Steps:
  1. Open System Restore:
    • Search for “System Restore” in the Windows search bar and select Create a restore point.
  2. Launch System Restore:
    • In the System Properties window, click System Restore….
  3. Choose a Restore Point:
    • Select a restore point from a time when your system was working correctly and follow the prompts to restore your system.

If you still can’t get past the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION BSOD error after trying these methods, it might be time to reset Windows to factory defaults. This will reinstall Windows but keep your personal files intact (if you choose that option). Ensure you have backups of your important data before performing a reset.