Windows 10 users must be aware of the ‘bad system config info stop code’ flashing on their laptop or computer. This message pops on your screen because your system is not configured the way it should. It could be that the number of processors and the amount of memory engaged in your configuration file doesn’t match their correct value causing this issue. Or other hardware issues, faulty drivers, corrupt files, and loose wire winding can also cause this error. Fortunately, it’s not that big of a problem that cannot be resolved. The primary step is to try restarting your system.
If it doesn’t work, then use either of the foolproof methods mentioned below:
Use SFC and CHKDSK
As we mentioned earlier that a corrupted file could be a culprit causing this error to show on your screen. In such a situation, you need to run System File Check (SFC) – a part of the Windows system tool that will help you check the errors on your files. You should always make sure that the SFC is working correctly before you allow it to reach your files. For this, you’ll need to use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM)– an integrated Windows utility tool.
To ensure the proper running of the SFC, you’ll need DISM Restorehealth command. Follow these steps for a successful run:
- On the Start menu search, type Command Prompt (Admin).
- Give it a right-click and select Run as administrator. This will open an elevated Command Prompt.
- Enter “DISM/online/cleanup-image/restorehealth” command and hit the Enter key.
- This procedure might take a few minutes, depending on your device’s health. Once this procedure ends, enter the “sfc/scannow” command and hit Enter.
Now you have to use the CHKDSK utility tool that will check the structure of your files and scan an entire drive to highlight the errors. Use these steps to run CHKDSK command:
- On the Start search box, type Command Prompt, then give a right-click to a suitable match.
- Select Run as Administrator and type “chkdsk” command, and hit the Enter key.
Restore the Windows Registry
The configuration issues can also arise from the Windows Registry. The Windows Registry refers to the database that stores all the low-level settings on your Windows 10 operating system and applications. It contains all the essential information regarding the system hardware, profile information, system settings, drivers, and more. If you manage to restore the Windows Registry, then your device will eliminate the errors.
Before using this method, you must ensure that your system has a Windows Registry backup for restoration. After that, go to “C:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack” folder. It contains all the Windows Registry backups. Please note that you cannot use this method if the file size shows zero. If it shows anything other than zero, then follow either of these methods to take manual backup:
- Advanced method
- Start with booting your device in the advanced start-up option.
- Go to settings and open Update & Security.
- Select Recovery and hit the Restart Now button.
- A menu will open up. Click on Troubleshoot and select Advanced Options.
- Select Command Prompt.
- Change the Directory
Command Prompt will, by default, open in “X:\Windows\System32” which you need to move before going further in the procedure. Since we ran Windows in recovery mode, the installation will go under D:\. To locate the correct drive, enter these commands.
This will show you the list of directory contents. So, you can check if that’s the correct drive or not. Then enter:
xcopy *.* c:\RegBack\
Check the dates on your file and if there’s still an issue, use these commands:
copy /y software ..
copy /y system ..
copy /y sam ..
After this, reboot your desktop, and the issues will be resolved.
Fix Boot Configuration Data (BCD)
If neither of the above methods works, the final approach would be to fix your Boot Configuration Data, but before that, you need to install Windows 10 installation media. After installation, follow these steps:
- Insert the Windows 10 USB flash drive media into the USB port.
- Switch on your desktop and press the special key (F8, Esc, or Del) to launch the boot menu. The key for the boot menu may vary.
- From the menu, select Windows 10 Installation Media to find a Welcome screen appearing.
- On the bottom left corner of that screen, select Repair Your Computer.
- Go to Troubleshoot and select Advanced Options.
- Choose Command Prompt and enter the following command in order:
- Close the Command Prompt and switch off your computer.
- Remove the Windows 10 installation media and reboot the system.
These methods will surely solve the issues and errors you have been experiencing in your computer. These procedures can take longer than expected.