This particular error indicates significant system problems and will produce a blue ‘screen of death’. You will see an error message resembling the following:
Bluescreen stop error 0x0000001A (0x00000404,0xC0040690,0x6E595847,0xC0042790)
Original Title: ERROR STOP: 0*0000001A(0*00000404,0*C0040690,0*6E595847,0*C0042790)
The first thing to try with regard to this error is to attempt to clean the registry of your computer. A good way to do this is to download the Total System Care, which will do an excellent job of cleaning your registry and often sort out the problem in itself.
More Information and Manual Resolution
The most likely cause of this particular problem is defective or mismatched RAM (Random Access Memory). There are a few things you can do in an attempt to resolve the problem.
Firstly, you can run a memory diagnostics test which will find any memory problems native within your computer. There is a tool within Windows for this; simply go to the Start menu and search for “memory diagnostics” in order to find it.
If this does no good then the next suggested methodology is to update the chipset, video card, display and network adapter drivers to the latest available by visiting the computer manufacturer’s website.
After you have done this, it is also advisable to use the Windows Update facility to download any recent updates which Microsoft have added to Windows.
If you’re still having no luck then next you should possibly try uninstalling and reinstalling any recently added third-party software.
If you’re still having problems then start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration. To do this follow these steps:
When you see the ‘Please select the operating system to start’ message, press the F8 key.
When the ‘Windows Advanced Option’s menu appears, select ‘Last Known Good Configuration’ and then press the ‘Enter’ key.
Finally, if all the above troubleshooting is unsuccessful, you can also attempt a system restore. This will reset your machine to a time before the error caused your machine to malfunction. You can then re-install any devices or programmes that have been removed by this virtual step back in time. System restore can be accessed through the Start menu, by simply typing “System Restore” into the search box.
If the system restore utility will not run correctly then you can attempt to activate safe mode. To activate Safe Mode, hold F8 when your computer is initially booting up. Once you’ve reached the desktop in Safe Mode, type ‘System’ into the Start search box and press Enter once ‘System Restore’ is highlighted. You should then be able to run the system restore utility.
If this fails then you could attempt to reinstall Windows from the original boot CD or contact Microsoft for assistance.