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Pool corruption in file area

It’s not a rare situation when Windows users run into a blue screen, which indicates that their PC has a problem and needs to be restarted. Usually, the specific error causing the blue screen will be displayed to let users know what failed exactly. In this article, I will introduce the POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA error and how to fix it.

On Windows 10, it’s easy to encounter the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), which is actually a blue screen with the specific stop error. This is indeed what we called a system crash. The root reason for causing such situations is a critical error occurs on PC and the system is unable to process and repair it automatically.

The pool corruption in file area is one of the errors you could see on a blue screen:

Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle, and now it needs to restart. POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA/You can search for the error online: POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA. (Sometimes, you can also see the error code 0x000000de on the screen.)


MiniTool is very helpful at this time if you find the PC can’t be restarted successfully.

BSOD Error: Pool Corruption in File Area

The main causes for BSOD 0x000000de error are: file or program corruption, outdated drivers or software, and antivirus program problems.

In the following content, I’ll introduce some useful ways to fix the pool corruption in file area error.

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Update the Drivers

  1. Right click on This PC icon on desktop.
  2. Choose Manage from the context menu.
  3. Find System Tools under Computer Management (Local) and expand it.
  4. Select Device Manager from the left sidebar.
  5. Look through the drivers in the right pane and decide which needs to be updated.
  6. Right click on the driver you want to update and choose Update driver.
  7. Decide How do you want to search for drivers: Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse my computer for driver software (the first option is recommended).
  8. Wait for your PC to download and install the appropriate driver.

Update driver

Search automatically for updated driver software

Check for Hardware Issues

Run the Hardware Troubleshooter:

  1. Press Start + I simultaneously to open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to select Update & Security.
  3. Shift to Troubleshoot from the left sidebar.
  4. Find Blue Screen from the right pane and select it.
  5. Click on the Run the troubleshooter button appeared just now.
  6. Wait for the system to detect problems and follow the instructions to complete the troubleshooter.

Run the troubleshooter

Run the SFC:

  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type sfc/scannow and press Enter in the keyboard.
  3. Wait for the scan to complete.
  4. Close the CMD and reboot your computer.

Note: CMD is a good tool to help you recover lost files.

Run the DISM:

  1. Repeat step 1 in the above method.
  2. Type exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and press Enter.
  3. Wait for the command to complete.
  4. Restart your PC.

Download the Latest Windows 10 Updates

  1. Press Start + I.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Windows Update option will be chosen by default; just keep it.
  4. Click Check for updates in the right pane.
  5. Install available updates by following the instructions.

Check for updates

How Can You Recover Lost Files After Windows Update?

System Restore

  1. Restart your computer a few times during the boot to launch Automatic Repair.
  2. Select Troubleshoot, Advanced options, and System Restore in order.
  3. Choose your username and input the password for your account.
  4. Click Choose a different restore point.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Choose a proper restore point.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Wait for the restore to complete.

System Restore

Reset PC

  1. Launch Automatic Repair.
  2. Select Troubleshoot and Reset this PC in order.
  3. Choose to Remove everything.
  4. The system will ask you to insert the installation media. So you must connect your bootable USB flash drive.
  5. Choose Only the drive where Windows is installed.
  6. Select Just remove my files.
  7. Click Reset.
  8. Follow the instructions to complete.

Just remove my files

How to recover files after PC reset?

In addition, you can fix the pool corruption in file area by uninstalling antivirus firewall.

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