Clearly, the PFN list corrupt error indicates the corruption of the PFN on your PC. The stop code: PFN_LIST_CORRUPT is often displayed on a blue screen (causing BSOD). When that happens to you, you should realize that your PC encounters something it can't process. But the lucky news is such error can be fixed through multiple ways.


Most Windows users have the experience of seeing this error on a blue screen: Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you. What does this mean? Actually, it’s a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) which will occur whenever your PC encounters something it doesn’t know how to process. In order to prevent any further damage, Windows will shut itself down. What else on the screen? You can also see this message: If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this error: error code. Today’s error code is PFN_LIST_CORRUPT.

PFN stands for Page Frame Number, an indexing number used by hard disk to determine the location of the files saved on it.

The PFN list corrupt is a common error on Windows 10 and it could also occur on Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows XP.


When you are in face of PFN list corrupt BSoD, you should realize that your PC may be fixed after restarting is completed. But there are still chances that you can’t boot into the computer system anymore. What are you expected to do at this time? I advise you to let MiniTool help you recover data first from the unbootable system; then, try to fix the PFN list corrupt error by using different methods.

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Examples & Causes

Example 1: BSoD: PFN_LIST_CORRUPT Issue.

Hi, I am running Windows 10 and I've been having a BSoD: PFN_LIST_CORRUPT problem recently and it's been getting worse. I have done a windows memory test, I've done a hard drive check and a sfc/scannow and no issues have turned up. I also tried resetting windows 10 (keeping my personal files) and this did not solve the problem so then I did the internal hard reset completely wiping the hard drive and the issue was still present. I recently installed a new graphics card and new RAM, but the computer ran for a month+ with no issue. Right now I have removed my new graphics card and am running my PC through the integrated graphics card on my PC. The BSoD has not yet occurred, but I'm not 100% sure I've located the problem. If it occurs again, I plan to remove the new RAM and stick in one of my old RAM sticks. Is there anything else I can do to try to isolate the issue and then fix it? If the BSoD does not occur again, is there something I can do to resolve the issue with my graphics card? Could it be that my power source is insufficient? Reinstall its driver? Use its warranty for a replacement? Or just get a different graphics card? Thank you!- from nicpcho on Tom’s Hardware

Example 2: PFN_List_Corrupt.

Hi there, I have been trying to fix a BSoD error of PFN_List_Corrupt for a few weeks now with my Windows 10 install. It's very random, but annoying. I've run memtest a few times with no findings. I've reinstalled various drivers and no luck. I just recently did a fresh Win 8.1 install to the SSD and then upgraded to Win 10. I am assuming I need to do another fresh install of 10, but before going through that, I thought I would ask the community if there was an easy PFN_List_Corrupt fix. I've searched around a fair bit and tried some of the suggested fixes, but so far, nothing has worked. Verifier.exe puts me in a BSoD loop. Luckily, I had a system restore point and used that.- from TheKappa in Microsoft Community

Causes: page frame number (PFN) list is corrupted.

The lists included in the PFN database actually stand for the physical memory pages of your Windows system. With that information, the system can locate the files saved here directly. When the list is corrupted or a driver passes a bad memory descriptor list due to hardware issue (hard disk bad sectors) or physical problems (file corrupt), you’ll see the stop code PFN list corrupt on a blue screen.

Possible causes could be:

  • RAM corruption
  • Damaged hard drive
  • Virus or malware attack
  • Windows registry corruption
  • Corrupted or damaged system files
  • Corrupted, outdated, or wrongly configured device drivers

This situation can be temporary or permanent, so I advise you to get important files off that drive before trying to fix it. Of course, you can skip the file recovery on Windows 10 or other systems when the data is not crucial or when you have a complete backup.

Recover Data from PFN List Corrupt Windows 10

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a data recovery program recommended by many people due to its fast scanning speed and high recovery efficiency. It provides 8 license types to meet users’ diverse needs. If you have any questions about the functionality of the software, you can experience the trial version first.

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How to Recover Data after Successful Reboot

If your computer restarts successfully after PFN_LIST_CORRUPT BSoD, you’d better make a backup of your disk by using MiniTool ShadowMaker. Then, use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover any files lost due to PFN list corrupt.

  1. Install the software to a drive; please make sure it doesn’t include any lost files.
  2. Launch the software in the last step of installation or double click on the icon to open it.
  3. This PC will be selected by default; just keep it unchanged unless you want to recover data from a partition that is lost from your PC.
  4. Confirm the drive that is used to hold the lost files.
  5. Select the drive and click on the Scan button (you can also double click on the drive to start a full scan directly).
  6. Wait for the scan and browse the found files one by one (you should wait until the scan finishes to get the best recovery result).
  7. Select the files you want to recover and click on the Save button.
  8. Choose a drive to store the recovered files (the free space left on each drive available on the list is calculated automatically, so you should make sure it’s large than the total size of the files you have selected to recover in the previous step).
  9. Click on the OK button to confirm and wait for the recovery to complete.
  10. Click on the OK button and go to check the recovered data when you see this message in a pop-up window: Congratulations! The selected files have been saved to * (it refers to the storage path you have appointed in step 8).

recover lost files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Please get a full version if the software has found valuable files for you.

Certainly, you’ll find you’re not allowed to choose a storage path for recovered data after clicking on the Save button if you are using the Trial Edition. You should get a full version to complete missing files recovery on Windows 10.

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How to Recover Data from PFN List Corrupt BSoD

If you can’t get rid of the blue screen of death, you should make a bootable disk by using MiniTool Power Data Recovery; then, use it to recover data from the hard drive that won’t boot.

How to finish blue screen recovery Windows 10?

You’ll need to finish 2 stages of work in order to recover files from the unbootable hard drive.

Stage one: make a bootable USB flash drive/CD/DVD.

  1. Find another computer that works well and go to MiniTool official website to get a license for MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Please choose a license that gives support to the Snap-in WinPE Bootable Builder.
  2. Install, run, and register MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Then, connect a USB drive or insert a CD/DVD into the computer.
  3. Click on the Bootable Media button at the bottom left to bring up MiniTool Media Builder.
  4. Click WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in.
  5. Choose USB Flash Disk or CD/DVD. (How to fix when USB is not recognized?)
  6. Choose Yes in the prompt window which says data saved on the target disk will be destroyed.
  7. Wait for the disk building process and click on the Finish button when it is over.
  8. Disconnect the USB drive/CD/DVD from your computer properly.

Building a bootable disk

Stage two: recover data from the PC on which the blue screen with PFN list corrupt error occurs.

  1. Connect the bootable disk to your computer that runs into BSoD loop.
  2. Restart the PC and press the corresponding button to enter the BIOS on Windows 10.
  3. Move the bootable disk to the first place and exit BIOS (save configuration changes).
  4. Your PC will boot from this disk and bring you to the MiniTool PE Loader window.
  5. Select MiniTool Power Data Recovery and repeat step 3 ~ step 9 mentioned in the previous part (How to Recover Data after Successful Reboot).

MiniTool PE Loader

That’s all about how to recover data after you encountered a PFN_LIST_CORRUPT blue screen.

By the way, this software is also helpful when you run into memory management blue screen.

Repair PFN List Corrupt Error

Before you try a PFN list corrupt fix, you must make sure you always have the power connection to your PC. However, there’s an exception: if the dump creating process (from 0% to 100%) on your PC takes more than 5-10 minutes, you need to shut down it forcibly; just hold the Power button for about 10 seconds until you find the CPU lights go out. Next, you should try the following ways to fix the corrupted PFN list.

Solution 1: update drivers on Windows 10.

You can update your device drivers manually or automatically.

  • Manual update: visit the website of your device manufacturer -> search for the latest and correct driver -> download & install the driver that is compatible with your Windows.
  • Automatic update: get a suitable automatic driver updater to help you.

Solution 2: check the RAM with Windows Memory Diagnostic.

  1. Press Start + R to bring up the Run box.
  2. Type exe and press Enter.
  3. Select Restart now and check for problems.
  4. Wait for a few minutes until the process of checking for memory problems is finished.
  5. Reboot your PC.

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Solution 3: run the Troubleshooter.

  1. Press Start + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Pick out Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  4. Select Blue Screen under Find and fix other problems area on the right.
  5. Click Run the troubleshooter.
  6. Wait for the detecting process to finish.
  7. Follow the instructions in the window to complete the left operations.


Solution 4: scan for corrupted system files with System File Checker (SFC).

  1. Run Command Prompt (CMD) as administrator.
  2. Select Yes in the User Account Control window.
  3. Type sfc/scannow into it and hit Enter.
  4. Wait for the verification to complete (from 0% to 100%).
  5. Close CMD and reboot PC.

System File Checker

The Command Prompt tool can also help you recover lost files on Windows 10.

Solution 5: scan system with Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM).

  1. Run Command Prompt (CMD) as administrator.
  2. Type exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and press Enter.
  3. Wait for the command to complete.
  4. Restart your computer.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management

There’s another way to run DISM: use the Windows installation media.

  1. Insert the Windows installation media to your computer.
  2. Run Command Prompt (CMD) as administrator.
  3. Type dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth and press Enter.
  4. Type dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and press Enter.
  5. Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:*:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess and press Enter. (* stands for the letter of the drive on which Windows installation is mounted.)
  6. Restart your PC.

Solution 6: check the hard disk for errors.

  1. Restart your PC and hold the Shift key for Advanced Startup.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot and Advanced Options one by one.
  3. Select Command Prompt.
  4. Type exe /fixmbr and press Enter.
  5. Type exe /fixboot and press Enter.
  6. Type exe /rebuildbcd and press Enter.
  7. Also, type chkdsk c: /f /r (assume that C: is the system drive) and press Enter.
  8. Wait for the command to complete.

Rebuild bcd

You can also use the MiniTool Partition Wizard to Rebuild MBR.

How to recover if CHKDSK has deleted your files:

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Solution 7: disable Microsoft OneDrive.

  1. Press Start + S buttons to bring up Windows search box.
  2. Type group policy into it the textbox.
  3. Select Edit group policy from the Best match.
  4. Expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Windows Components under Local Computer Policy.
  5. Select OneDrive.
  6. Double click on Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage from the right pane.
  7. Check Enabled and click Apply.
  8. Click OK.

Local Group Policy Editor

You can also disable OneDrive by using Registry Editor.

Please look here if you want to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10:

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Solution 8: uninstall related software.

  1. Press Start + X.
  2. Select Device Manager.
  3. Locate the drive you want to uninstall.
  4. Right click on it and choose Uninstall/Uninstall device.
  5. Click OK (please check Delete the driver software for this device if this option is available).
  6. Restart your computer.

Solution 9: remove virus & malware.

  1. You should get the reliable antivirus or antimalware and install it on your PC properly.
  2. Please remember to update it to the latest version.
  3. Start a full system scan or disk scan.
  4. Wait for the scan to complete.
  5. Reboot your PC.

Here’s how to recover files after they got deleted by virus:

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That' all about how to solve the error: PFN_LIST_CORRUPT. The fixes for PFN list corrupt on Windows 7 (8, XP) are similar.

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The PFN_LIST_CORRUPT is a common error that lots of people may see on their PC screen when running into BSoD. The good news is that it can be fixed easily by users themselves. This post shows the popular ways to help people get rid of the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT BSoD and tells them how to recover important files if they get lost from the PC or become inaccessible.


In fact, the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT is an error message that often occurs on a blue screen of a computer. This error indicates the damage of Page Frame Number (PFN) list, which contains the indexing number for expressing the location of each disk file, on computer.
Is Blue Screen of Death fixable?
The Blue Screen of Death means your computer is broken and gives a blue screen with detailed error information. When you see a BSoD, it indicates a serious issue is found so the computer must stop working. Fortunately, the BSoD can be fixed by different ways after analyzing the error.
What causes memory management blue screen?
There are many factors that should be responsible for the memory management blue screen error; for instance, faulty RAM, faulty drivers, faulty memory, disk errors, new hardware issues, corrupt system and operating system files, software or hardware conflict, virus attack, etc.
What happens when the RAM fails?
If your RAM is not right, it will cause a lot of problems. You may be suffering from frequent computer crashes, operating system freezes, computer reboots, or Blue Screens of Death. In this case, you should use Windows Memory Diagnostic to check for problems on your PC.
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