3 Ways to Fix Bad Pool Header in Windows 10


Blue screen of death! The very mention of those words sends chills down an average computer user’s spine. There are a number of reason as well as some error codes that are associated with the blue screen of death error messages. One such error code is the bad pool header (BAD_POOL_HEADER on windows 8 and 10 based systems) error with a code of something like 0x00000019. (only on machines older than Windows 8)

bad pool header in windows 10
Bad Pool Header in Windows 10

The possible reasons for getting the bad pool header windows 10. Windows 10 bad pool header error are conflicts due to old driver modules in your system, bad RAM modules, or it could even be faulty. Sometimes, the error could be caused by your own friendly neighborhood anti-malware software tool or maybe a hard disk problem in Windows 10.

So, if you run into a lovely blue screen of death, saying melodiously poetic death quotes like Windows has run into a problem and needs to restart, fear not! The broke blogger with his mighty keyboard is here to your rescue.

I had some research on this issue and found that it is pretty widespread among the fellow computer users of the modern day. So, since you are already here, reading this line, I might as well make my best effort to solve your bad pool header problem before anything else.

How to Fix Bad Pool Header in Windows 10

Being the underpaid knight in his shining night pants that I am, let me tell you how to fix the issues that potentially lead up to the blue screen of death.

Method 1: RAM Test

The first solution to this issue is to test whether your RAM stick is fine or faulty. To do that, follow these simple steps:

1. At first, Click on the Start menu.

2. Then type Windows Memory Diagnostic in the windows search field.

Type Windows Memory Diagnostic
Type Windows Memory Diagnostic

3. Right-click on Windows Memory Diagnostic search result & select Run as Administrator.

Run as Administrator
Run as Administrator

4. Follow the instructions on the screen to start and proceed with the diagnostics of your RAM stick. This is bad pool header windows 10 fix will definitely resolve your issue.

Moreover, it could also be a rather simple BAD POOL Error. You can fix for this error as well on our website. Moving on –

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What to do If Windows Memory Diagnostic is Not Able to Detect Problem?

Sometimes, windows troubleshooters cannot detect the underlying problems and show up as nothing wrong with the target device. To improve the odds of catching and rectifying the errors if they have not been fixed using the built-in tool is to download some fantastic third-party software such as Easy Recovery Essentials. It is an automated tool that can detect and correct any errors in your RAM, HDD and CPU in just one process altogether.

Here is a download link to the Easy Recovery Essentials software tool from the neosmart website. Get the demo version, because I know you are just as cheap as I am, and you will not purchase the full version.

By the way, the Easy Recovery Essentials is a flashable boot image ISO. It means that you will have to burn the image to some other drive, preferably a USB stick. If you are a bit old-fashioned in the storage media sense, you can use bootable CDs as well. That is the first step on its own.

1. At first, make a bootable media using the Easy Recovery Essentials software ISO.

2. Then boot into Easy Recovery Essentials from the BIOS. You might have to change the boot propriety using the + and – buttons on your keyboard. Make sure you save it using F10 before you Exit the BIOS.

3. Once you have booted up Easy Recovery Essentials, select the Automated Repair option.

4. Afterward, click on the Continue option and wait for the Automated Repair to finish doing its thing. The automated Repair process will run and report any problems and issues found with your HDD or RAM stick.

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Most commonly, the physical drive will be failing. It will prompt you to replace it. So, you should stop being cheap and get a better RAM stick or a hard drive to support your OS. That’s it for method 1.

Method 2: Update your drivers

To check whether some faulty driver has caused the error, you need to run an automatic driver update. Alternatively, you can manually update the drivers to the latest available version to solve the problem. Here is how you can get rid of the old drivers.

To manually update a driver, follow these steps:

1. At first, Open Run box by pressing Windows Key+R together.

Run Box
Run Box

2. Then type devmgmt.msc in the search field.

Type Devmgmt
Type Devmgmt

3. Then right-click on the driver that is showing up with a yellow error sign next to it. Usually, the error will be seen in the bottom right corner of the driver icon in the list of device drivers.

4. To update the seemingly faulty driver, select Update Driver option from the right-click menu.

Update Driver
Update Driver

5. You can even disable the driver if you can’t seem to update it for some reason. To do that, select Disable device from the same right-click menu.

Disable Device
Disable Device

6. If you find that the driver is useless to your system at this point, feel free to uninstall the driver. To do that you need to select Uninstall device from the right-click menu.

Uninstall Device
Uninstall Device

That is how you deal with pretty much any corrupted device driver. Bear in mind that I want to uninstall the driver to be the last thing that you do. Because, usually, your system keeps only the drivers that are relevant to it to a certain degree.

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Method 3: Get rid of your Anti Malware software

Malware program mishaps happen all the time. Sometimes, an aggressive algorithm might be misled into deleting a critical driver or something, by confusing it with an actual harmful virus. Even prominent malware fighters such as Malware Bytes has done this before, and might still be doing it in your system right now.

Get Rid of Anti-Malware Software
Get Rid of Anti-Malware Software

I have spoken very highly about software such as Malware Bytes before, but for this issue, they need to hit the road. They might have been behind the bad pool header all along, who knows! So go into the control panel, and click on the uninstall programs option. Go to the anti-malware tool that you have downloaded in recent memory, and uninstall it from there.

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Hopefully, by the end of this method, you are rid of the dreaded blue screen of death and the uninvited bad pool header windows error message. Enjoy!