Windows system users will surely have experienced the horrors of “The Fatal Exception”, commonly called “Blue Screen Of Death” or BSOD. Although the BSOD has been largely thrown into the software slag heap, crashes are not completely excluded in Vista. If Windows encounters a condition that affects the safe operation of the system (i.e., a “bug”), the system stops. This condition is called a bug check. It can also be called a system crash, a kernel error, a system fault or a stop error. When Windows encounters an error so serious that it stops working, it displays a BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH or simply called BSOD!

A blue screen of death may appear and cause the computer to crash unexpectedly. These errors may seem confusing, but they are not so difficult to correct once you get the error message. You can search for this error message online and generally find an appropriate solution that is easy to understand.

STOP 0XC000021A or STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATED occurs when there is a serious security problem with Windows. A subsystem like Winlogon or CSRSS is compromised; or due to an error in the system files; or if the system permissions have been changed incorrectly. A common cause of this problem is a third-party program. Try to identify and uninstall any new programs you have installed. If the Status_System_Process_Terminated error appears, the computer restarts.

The error 0xC000021A is also sometimes called HALT: c000021a {Fatal System Error} or STOP c000021a.


Fix 1 – Download the latest updates for Windows 10

Like many other operating systems, Windows 10 has problems with some hardware and software. Normally, the software or hardware is not fully compatible with Windows 10, which can sometimes cause errors like STATUS SYSTEM PROCESS TERMINATED.

To fix this and many other Blue Screen of Death bugs, it is recommended to use Windows Update to download the latest Windows 10 patches. Microsoft frequently releases new patches, and many of these patches offer enhanced security and various hardware and software bug fixes. If you want your PC to be stable and error-free, we strongly recommend that you download the latest Windows updates regularly.

Fix 2 – Update drivers to correct Status_System_Process_Terminated Error

This error and most other errors on the blue screen are caused by driver problems. You can easily resolve these problems by updating all device drivers. You can do this by going to your computer manufacturer’s website and finding your computer.

You should be able to download all current drivers from there. Be sure to download the correct drivers for your version of Windows. Also make sure they are installed individually.

If the error occurred after a driver update, uninstall the driver. Install the old version instead. You can also try resetting the driver.

Fix 3 – Scan and remove MBR virus

MBR stands for Master Boot Record. A virus that infects the MBR can cause errors such as the Status_System_System_Process_Terminated error. You should be able to remove these viral infections with any Anti-Malware tools.

Fix 4 – Enter Safe Mode and remove problematic applications.

Sometimes BSoD errors are caused by third-party applications, and the only solution is to find and remove the problematic application. To determine if the software causes the STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATED error, it is recommended to switch to safe mode. To enter Safe Mode, do the following:

  1. Restart your computer several times during the boot process to start the automatic repair. You can also hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click the Restart button.
  2. Select Troubleshooting > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
  3. When your computer restarts, you will see a list of options. Press 5 or F5 to select Safe Mode with Network.

Safe Mode only starts with standard applications and drivers, so you should not have problems in Safe Mode if the problem is caused by third-party software or drivers. If your PC is stable in safe mode, you can now use it to find and remove the defective software.

Fix 5 – Reset Windows 10

Sometimes you cannot find the application that causes this error, so it is recommended to reset Windows 10. To complete this process, you may need a bootable USB stick with Windows 10, but it is also recommended to make a backup, as this process deletes all files from your C disk. To reset Windows 10, follow these steps :

  1. Restart your computer several times during the boot process to start the automatic repair.
  2. Select Troubleshooting > Reset this PC > Delete all. To complete this step, you may need to insert Windows 10 installation support.
  3. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the reset.

If you reset Windows 10, do not install any software or drivers, but test your PC for a while. If the BSoD error occurs again, it means that it is caused by your hardware.

Fix 6 – Scan your computer hard drive for file system errors and correct them.

Some commands can be used to check and correct file system errors.

  1. Press Windows key > enter cmd
  2. In the search results, right-click the command prompt or CMD > click Run as administrator.
  3. In the command prompt window, type chkdsk /f /r C : (here C : is the letter of the driver to scan).


Sometimes the “Status System Process Terminated” error can be caused by newly installed hardware, especially if it is not fully compatible with your PC. If you have installed new hardware, you should remove or replace it and see if this solves the problem.

I guess that’s it. I hope it helped you.

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