Fix “Bad_Pool_Header” Error in Windows 7/8/8.1 & 10

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Quite possibly, you are here because your Windows PC just showed you Windows 7/8 or 8.1. Poor Pool Header Error You may tell that this bug emerged unexpectedly from nowhere on your PC; you are met with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), and all your unsaved work is lost.

If you are a user of Windows 7, then you could get a screen close to the picture below, while users of Windows 8 and 8.1 will have a slightly smaller text Blue Screen and a Sad Smiley. Windows 10 users also get the error Vital Mechanism Died, as we recently addressed.

Reasons of Bad_Pool_Header Error

This error Occurs because of Following Listed Reasons:

Corrupt Device Drivers.

Faulty/Corrupt Registry Entries.

Damaged Hard Disk.

Bad RAM.

Corrupt Windows System files.

Anti-virus or Anti-Malware Softwares.

How to fix Bad Pool Header Error

Now that you are familiar with the potential explanations why you see this mistake. Let’s go forward now to list the potential ways to correct this error. The solutions are sorted in the Simple to Advance format.

Method 1: Restart your PC.

You may have already tried this move. This solution doesn’t always work, but just restarting your PC will solve the problem if few drivers clash when starting up.

Method 2: Repair & Undo Recent Changes.

a) Fixing Registry issues.

As mentioned above, because of recent updates on your PC, you can get the Bad Pool Header Error screen. Uninstall all recently updated programme you have installed until this error happens.

Registries on your PC can interfere with the software you’ve installed, which eventually results in this mistake.

In Windows computers, registry entries are very significant, whether it be old or new. That’s why I still recommend that my guests on your PC use Absolute Machine Support.

TSC is a specialist application that cleans and organises the Windows Registry. Windows PC Clean Registry Entries Guarantees Free PC Health and Error. Registry sorting will correct Bad Pool Header Error for you.

b) Tackling with Device Driver issue.

So, it’s time to get correct drivers for your hardware after uninstalling recently updated applications. Drivers are equally critical for keeping your PC hardware running properly and efficiently, much like registry entries.

I suggest that you download the Driver Agent that searches and updates/downloads the right drivers for your hardware components automatically.

It’s time to restart your PC until your drivers are up to date to see if the BSOD with Bad Pool Header warning still exists. If the issue is fixed then you are good to go, but if you still get the error, boot your PC in Safe Mode again to execute the move below.

c) Getting Rid of Antivirus.

Uninstall any antivirus programme you built with Like Avast or Byte Malware now. Our analysis reveals that uninstalling them has fixed the dilemma for multiple people. If you have them mounted, then try to complete this move and see if the problem is solved.

Method 3: Boot in Safe Mode.

Whenever you are unable to boot your PC, the safe mode is your goto option, they said, Well Said!!! So attempt to boot your PC in safe mode to see if the Bad Pool Header Error message is bypassed by that.

Boot in Protected mode on Windows 7:

  • Before the Windows logo shows, reboot your PC and press the f8 key.
  • The next screen that you can see is the Advance Boot option.
  • Now, use your keyboard’s arrow keys to highlight the Safe Mode option.
  • Click Enter and connect to your account with the customer.

Boot in Protected Mode on Windows 8/8.1:

  • Reboot your PC until the Windows Logo appears and press Shift + f8. (Don’t always function)
  • Alternatively, insert and boot the Windows 8/8.1 CD or Flash drive. (In BIOS Settings, you would first need to change the Boot Priority.)
  • You will now have 2 options, Update Now and Patch this PC.
  • Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advance Options > Startup Settings, and press Fix this PC. Simply switch on Secure Mode now.

In Windows 10, Uncheck Quick Startup:

If you have this BSOD after upgrading to Windows 10, then unchecking Quick Startup is the first thing you need to do. Follow the steps indicated below.

  • Search and Open Control Panel
  • Look for “Power Button” in the Control Panel now.
  • Under Power Choices, click on’ Adjust what the power buttons do.’
  • From the window that opens, press ‘Change settings that are actually inaccessible.’
  • Under Shutdown Settings, scroll down and Uncheck Turn on Quick Startup.

Reboot now to see if your Windows 10 already has the Poor Pool Header Blue screen.

Method 4: Use Restore Point.

Restore Point is one of Windows’s most useful functions. If you had already created Restore Point earlier when your machine worked good, then it’s the right time to use that point of restoration. This method does not trouble you much if you are familiar with this feature. If you don’t have a reset point, skip this process.

You need to open the Control Panel for new Windows users, then in the upper right search bar, enter ‘Recovery’ and then click on it and you will see the Device Restore button open, and then click Next and select the restore point.
This is one beneficial feature; it allows you to get your PC back to the point that your PC was running perfectly well. That’s why you still have to build a Windows PC Restore Point; it’s a huge support.

Method 5: Refresh your PC (For Windows 8/8.1 Users only)

So both of the above strategies have failed to address the problem of Bad Pool Header for you? No matter. We’ve got a couple more fixes to try at the bank.

Users of Windows 8 and 8.1 have a feature called Refresh. This will refresh your PC and fix multiple issues on your PC while your personal details stays unchanged.

You would need the Windows Installation Disk or Flash drive to execute this phase again. So, first insert the Windows Installation Disk into your DVD-ROM and boot your machine. Click Patch this PC now, as we did earlier, then click Troubleshoot, and then click Refresh your PC. Now, lie back and rest while you get your PC refreshed.

You will be able to use your computer without any errors until it is done. Bear in mind, this feature is for Windows 8 and 8.1 users only. Users of Windows 7 will miss the last form listed below.

Method 6: Reinstall Windows.

Users of Windows 8 and 8.1 may have resolved this bug by now, but if Windows 7 users have failed to get rid of this Poor Pool Header issue using the aforementioned approaches, you need to reinstall Windows.

It’s said that reinstalling Windows solves all the problems, so it’s going to be a good new start for you. And stop few operations this time that cause your PC to slow down and become home to numerous errors.

Stuff to do in the future to prevent Poor Pool Headers

And if you managed to correct this problem already, you could get this error again. And believe me, these BSOD mistakes are irritating, but there are few safeguards and actions you can take in the future to prevent these mistakes again.

  • Avoid using cracked/nulled programmes
  • Keep the Registry of your Machine Tidy and ordered with Complete Device Treatment.
  • If not required, stop more than one anti-virus/anti-malware application.
  • Always keep the Driver Agent system drivers up to date.
  • When your PC is in top condition, build Restore Points.

That’s it, I hope this article covers more than the stuff you need to hear about fixing Windows 7/8 and 8.1 Bad Pool Header. In the comments below, please let us know which approach has worked for you. Any recommendations are indeed most welcome.

Melina Richardson is a Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Certified Ethical Hacker, Author at Cybers Guards & w-se. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.