Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Fix "Bad_Pool_Header" Error in Windows 7/8/8.1 & 10

You are Most probably here because your Windows PC just displayed you Bad_Pool_Header Error in Windows 7/8 or 8.1. You can say this error popped on your PC Randomly out of nowhere; You are presented with Blue Screen of Death(BSOD), and all your unsaved work is lost.

If you are a Windows 7 user, then you might be having a screen similar to the below Picture while Windows 8 and 8.1 users would get Blue Screen with much lesser text and a Sad Smiley. Windows 10 Users are also getting Critical Process Died error which we discussed recently.

Bad_Pool_Header Error in Windows 7/8/8.1

Reasons of Bad_Pool_Header Error

This error Occurs because of Following Listed Reasons:

  1. Corrupt Device Drivers.
  2. Faulty/Corrupt Registry Entries.
  3. Damaged Hard Disk.
  4. Bad RAM.
  5. Corrupt Windows System files.
  6. Anti-virus or Anti-Malware Softwares.

How to fix Bad_Pool_Header Error

Now that you know the Possible Reasons why you see this error. Let us now move on and list all possible ways to solve this Error. We have sorted the Solutions in Basic to Advance format.

Method 1: Restart your PC.

You might have probably tried this step already. This method doesn't always work but if few Drivers conflicted while startup then just restarting your PC can fix the issue.

Method 2: Repair & Undo Recent Changes.

a) Fixing Registry issues.

As Mentioned Above you can get Bad_Pool_Header Error screen because of recent Changes on your PC. Uninstall any Recently Installed Software that you installed before you got this error.

The Software that you have installed might conflict Registries on your PC which ultimately results in this error.

Registry entries are Very Important in Windows Computer, May it be old or New. That is why I always Recommend my Visitors to Use Total System Care on your PC.

TSC is a Specialized tool that keeps your Windows Registry Clean and Organized. Clean Registry Entries on Windows PC Ensures Healthy and Error Free PC. Sorting out Registry may fix Bad Pool Header Error for you.

Total System Care Scan Results.

b) Tackling with Device Driver issue.

So After Uninstalling Recently installed Softwares, Its time to Get Correct Drivers for your Hardware. Just like Registry entries, Drivers are equally important to keep your PC hardware Running Properly and smoothly. 

I Recommend you to Download Driver Agent which will Automatically Scan and Update/Download Correct Drivers for your Hardware Components.

Once Your Drivers are Up to Date, It's time to Restart your PC and see if the BSOD with Bad_Pool_Header message still appears. If the problem is solved than you are good to go but if you still get the error, then again Boot your PC in Safe mode to perform below step.

c) Getting Rid of Antivirus.

Now Uninstall any antivirus software that you have installed Like Avast or Malware byte. Our Research shows Uninstalling them Solved the issue for many users. If you have them Installed, then try and perform this Step and see if this solves the problem.

Method 3: Boot in Safe Mode.

Safe mode is your goto Option whenever you are not able to Boot your PC they said, Well Said !!! So try to boot your PC in safe mode and see if that bypasses the Bad_Pool_Header Error message.

Boot Windows 7 in Safe mode:
  • Reboot your PC and press f8 key before the Windows Logo Appears.
  • The next Screen you can see will be Advance Boot option.
  • Now Use arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight Safe Mode option.
  • Press Enter and login to your user account.

Boot Windows 8/8.1 in Safe Mode:
  • Reboot your Pc and Press Shift + f8 before Windows Logo Appears. (Doesn't always work)
  • Alternatively Insert your Windows 8/8.1 CD or Flash drive and boot from it. (You might first need to change the Boot Priority in BIOS Settings.)
  • Now you will be given 2 options, Install Now and Repair this PC.
  • Click on Repair this PC, now navigate too Troubleshoot > Advance Options > Startup Settings. Now Simply Enable Safe Mode. You will see a screen like below picture

Uncheck Fast Startup in Windows 10:

If you are getting this BSOD after upgrading to Windows 10, Then the first thing you need to do is Uncheck Fast Startup. Follow the below Steps.

  1. Search and Open Control Panel
  2. Now in Control Panel, Search for "Power Button".
  3. Click on "Change what the power buttons do" Under Power Options.
  4. Click on "Change Settings that are Currently Unavailable" from the window that pops up.
  5. Scroll down and Uncheck Turn on Fast Startup Under Shutdown Settings.
Now Reboot and see if you still get Bad_Pool_Header Blue screen on your Windows 10.

Method 4: Use Restore Point.

One of the most Useful Features in Windows is Restore Point. If you already had Created Restore Point earlier when your computer was working fine, Then its the right time to utilize that restore point. If you are familiar with this Feature, then this method should not bother you much. If you do not have Restore point, then skip this Method.

For New Windows Users, You need to open Control Panel, and in the top right search bar, Type "Recovery" now click on it and then you will see open System Restore option, Now click Next and choose your restore point.

This is One useful Feature; It helps you to take your PC back to the point where your PC was running absolutely fine. That is why one must always Create a Restore point on Windows PC; it is of great help.

Method 5: Refresh your PC (For Windows 8/8.1 Users only)

So all of the above Methods failed to fix Bad_Pool_Header issue for you? No problem we have few more fixes in the bank to try.

Windows 8 and 8.1 users have a Feature called Refresh. Which will Refresh your PC solving various Issues in your PC While your personal Data remains intact. 

To Perform this step again, you will need Windows Installation Disk or Flash drive. So first insert Windows Installation disk in your DVD-Rom and boot your PC. Now as we did earlier, Click on Repair this PC, Then Click Troubleshoot and then Click on Refresh your PC. Now sit back and relax while your PC is Refreshed for you. 

Once everything is finished, you will be able to use your Computer without any error. Remember this feature is only for Windows 8 and 8.1 users. Windows 7 users skip to the last Method mentioned below.

Method 6: Reinstall Windows.

By now Windows 8 and 8.1 Users should have fixed this Error, but if Windows 7 users have failed get rid of this Bad Pool Header problem with above methods then you need to Reinstall windows.

It is said that Reinstalling Windows Fixes all the Problems, It will be a nice fresh start for you. And This time, avoid Few activities that causes your PC to slow down and becomes home for various Errors.

Things to do to avoid Bad_Pool_Header in Future

You might get this error again even if you managed to fix this issue once. And trust me these BSOD errors are frustrating, but there are few Precautions and Steps that you can take to avoid these errors again in Future.
  1. Avoid Using Cracked/Nulled Softwares
  2. Keep Your Computer's Registry Clean and organized with Total System Care.
  3. Avoid More than one Anti-virus/Anti-Malware programs if not needed.
  4. Always Keep your Device Drivers Up to Date with Driver Agent.
  5. Create Restore Points when your PC is in top form.
That's it, I hope this post Covers more then things that you need to know about fixing Bad_Pool_Header in Windows 7/8 and 8.1. Please let us know which method worked for you in comments below, Any suggestions are most welcomed too.


  1. I'm sorry, but disabling one of the main selling points of an OS (Win10 Fastboot) is not a "fix" it's a workaround. Also, saying that it could be Dev Drivers, RAM, HDD, registry damage, system files, or AV software is like saying "well it could be your engine, transmission, suspension, fuel system, or ECU"

    Thank you for saying "avoid" using cracked software instead of "don't" use cracked software...that part I like 8o)

    1. HI Justin, Thank you for your Comment.

      I Understand Fastboot is a good add on in windows 10 but i have seen people getting various errors. Lets accept it that windows 10 is still not that stable, People struggle to get it work properly every single day. A update fixes few problems and ruins couple of more.

      I wanted to Share all possible Culprits for this BSOD. Most of the times its Hardware, My Research shows that antiviruses are Conflicting and hence causing Blue Screen.

    2. I know this thread is nearing necro status, but that's not a fair comparison at all. He's absolutely right that it could be that many different things. You can only narrow it down to possibilities, and the fact that you see it as an inconvenience to have that many possibilities does not make it untrue. I am a tier 3 support tech, and have been working on computers a very long time. As a rule, whenever I see a bsod, I immediately think of the RAM as the first culprit, and it was, with a fix that I issued this morning. The hard drive is a suspected close second. AV's can cause them as well, and so can bad drivers. (Catalyst Control Center, anyone?) System file damage can be caused by Windows update in Windows 10, as well as registry damage, and I have first-hand experience with all of these by trade. This is a good summary for the error.

    3. Justin: You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Kindly keep your mitts off the keyboard for this one.

    4. Yes, I got this error, since i Installed Malwarebytes, & got BSOD, using Firefox, it was gone, after i uninstalled it.

    5. Thank you for your input, This will help other readers.

    6. Was getting on startup. Like last commenter, uninstalling mwb (in safe mode) fixed the problem.

  2. Can anyone help ??

    I recently got blue screen where there was written

    My computer and start menu is not working.I cant
    turn of my computer. And other software is not working

  3. As far as I'm concerned, this is a Microsoft problem with their Windows 10 product. I am running Windows 7 and I get this problem almost daily ever since MS announced that they would be upgrading everyone to Windows 10. When I check the system log, the attempt to install Windows 10 happens immediately before the BPH error.

    Not only did they screw up my Lexmark printer driver and disable it so that I couldn't print, I had to re-install the driver and also re-install the full Lexmark software to get my printer to work again. This brings to mind the proverbial "thief in the night" who is screwing with my PC and leaving the mess behind. I also shouldn't have to disable my security software (which I've paid for) when I've never had to do this for Windows updates in the past. If these are examples of Windows 10, I'll stay with Windows 7 thank you.

    1. Hi CELTIC MAIRIN, Sad to hear your bitter experience with Windows 10. Sure there are many issues with Windows 10. It will take time for microsoft to make it stable. This is the best OS(they said) and i am sure they are working hard to solve the issues that users are facing in Windows 10.

      IT will take some time. I would recommend you to revert back to windows 7 and Give windows 10 another go after few months or so.

  4. Hi,

    My Laptop ASUS K52J is on Windows 8.1,and then did you said in Method 5,You need a Windows Instalation Disk or Flash Drive. So do you mean I can use the USB?. And Help me for the other Problems


    Thank you and reply me as soon as possible before my Laptop sa been Crashed.

    From: Ace Aligora

    1. Hi Ace Aligora, Yes The USB will work. Make it bootable using Media Creation tool or Copy the files from the Already made Installation disk and paste it in USB.

  5. I just upgraded my tower that has been running Windows 7 for about 2 years. I just pulled the trigger and upgraded to Windows 10. But I get the bsod for bad pool header on every start. I tried to go in safe mode to turn off fast boot but I cannot find that option to turn off following your instructions. Any other suggestions?

  6. Any one who can help please
    My pc it just turn blue written"windows has descover an error'Bad pool'or go online and find how this error can be solved

  7. hey i recently added 4gb of ram..on that day onwards these errors are occuring to me.... please help

  8. @Unknown, if you have hibernation turned off then fastboot will already be disabled. I keep getting the same error with hibernation/fastboot disabled, so there has to be something else going on. Booted into safe mode fine and ran sfc which found no issues. Whenever I boot normally, it hits. Should have known a free upgrade was too good to be true.

  9. I have windows 10 on my pc and on a laptop, de laptop does fine but my pc has the BPH error, i have changed my ram and it still gives BPH ,and on both devices the same anti-virus program can someone please help me

    1. Have you tried Disabling your Antivirus? Uninstall it if you can but save the Credentials somewhere first.

  10. I cant even boot safe mode...

  11. Windows 10 is a virus IMHO. Microsoft hijacking my computer and installing windows 10 is the equivalent to intellectual rape. Thanks Microsoft !

  12. Thank u very much.. I have uninstalled avast... And solved..

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  14. I cant do all of the tips because the screen was just blue...if I want to go to another step to try recovery, the screen will automatically shut down.what things I should do??but is still BAD_POOL_HEADER errors.My PC is windows 8.What can I do?

  15. FIX Errors thanks for your help with bad pool header fix. I am not good with computers but I managed to fix it with your instructions. I uninstalled avast Anti-virus and all is well now. Thanks once again

  16. Damn!! your guide was so helpful. I was able to fix this error but one ting which was very disappointing was that I faced this again after a week. I was able to find this guide and was successfully able to fix my problem and that guide is way much easier. You can check it too if you are facing the same.