4 Proven Solutions to Fix Bad Pool Header in Windows 10/8/7

Abby Haines updated on Jun 26, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


Here are four proven ways to fix the bad pool header error in Windows 10/8/7. Try these methods one by one when your PC keeps freezing and shows you a blue screen. Before you fix your error, recover data with EaseUS bootable recovery software. You can avoid data loss and keep your data safe.

BAD_POOL_HEADER is an error displayed for Windows users in the form of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). The information provided in this error message depends on the Operating System. Windows 10 users tend to receive blue screens with sad smiles and insufficient information. Users with other Windows versions will see BAD_POOL_HEADER BSOD full of technical information. Although the bug is not dangerous, it freezes the screen and prompts you to shut down the system. If you don't want to lose some important work due to the BAD_POOL_HEADER BSOD (0x00000019)error, fix it now. 

Recover Data When Windows Bad Pool Header Error Attacks

Before you fix the error, get back your data first to avoid data loss. Any of the solutions below may cause data loss. Especially, if you try method 4, you must back up your data and restore your data without OS. To access your data, you need EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition. With the help of this tool, you can access data without entering your computer. It is mainly designed for data recovery cases of any system crash or starting problems.

Download EaseUS bootable data recovery software and create a bootable disk on a working computer.

Go to BIOS, change the boot sequence of the computer that reports bad pool header error.

Restart the computer and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk. 

Then, follow the details:

Step 1. Choose a location to scan.

Make sure that all hard drives and other devices were correctly connected and recognized by the software. Refresh an external device if necessary. From which drive was data lost? Choose the relevant hard drive partition by left-clicking on it. Click the Scan button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait for the scanning results.

It takes a while for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to complete the scan, all depending on how much disk space is used on the selected hard drive. As you see, the "Deleted files" result would come our first, later it's all lost data result. You can try to recover lost data as soon as it shows up even though the scanning process has not finished yet.

scan the disk

Step 3. Preview the result and recover data.

Preview and choose the files you want, click "Recover" button to save them to a safe place. You'd better choose a different drive to avoid data overwriting.

recover data from the disk
Before trying some complex methods, we would like to first recommend you some quick and easy fixes:
Disconnect all external devices except for the mouse and keyboard.
Disable any third-party antivirus applications like Malwarebytes.

Method 1. Turn Off the Automatic Termination Function

The blue screen of the computer shows BAD-POOL-HEADER because the software in the computer conflicts with the computer system. You can set the software in the computer by the following steps:

Step 1: Press "Win+R" and type gpedit.msc.

Step 2: The Local Group Policy Editor page pops up, and double-click Computer Configuration on the right side of the page.

Step 3: Select "Administrative Template" > "System" > "Shutdown Options" > "Turn off the automatic termination function of the application that will block or cancel the shutdown". Select "Enabled" in the pop-up dialog box.

turn off automatic termination

Method 2. Start Your PC in Safe Mode

So far, this BAD_POOL_HEADER bug fix seems to be the best solution. Therefore, try the following steps:

For Windows 7:

Step 1: Restart the PC and click the "F8" key during loading.

After that, you should see the "Advanced Boot Options" window where you must select "Safe Mode".

Step 2: Press "Enter" and log in to the Windows user account.

enter safe mode windows 7

For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10:

Step 1: Restart your PC and press "Shift + F8" while the Windows logo is displayed.

Step 2: On the next screen, select "Repair this PC" > "Troubleshooting" > "Advanced Options" > "Startup Settings". Finally, enable Safe Mode and log in to your account.

enter safe mode windows 8/10

Method 3. Update Device Drivers

Device driver issues are probably the most common reason for Windows bad pool header error. Now, you can take the following steps to keep your device drivers always up-to-date.

1) Open Start menu, go to "Device Manager".

2) Here, select "Display adaptors".

3) Select "Update driver".

update device driver

Method 4. Restore Your System

This method only works when you have previously created a system restore point. It must be done when the performance of the PC is at its best, so you can go back to it when things get worse. If you are not sure if a system restores point has been created, you can check it by following the steps below:

Step 1: Click the "Win" button and type Create Restore Point in the search bar.

Step 2: Click Search Results and select "System Protection" in a new window.

Step 3: After that, click "System Restore" and "Next".

perform system restore

You should now see a list of system restore points that have been created. If you have created one or more, select the latest one and click "Next".

Step 4: Finally, click "Finish". This method also helps to remove the DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error. If none of the methods is useful, try reinstalling antivirus and running a full system scan.


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It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

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The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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