Bad_Pool_Header

If you have never heard of, or had experience with the Windows error BAD_POOL_HEADER, it can be scary. The BAD_POOL_HEADER error is usually associated with the way Windows allocates memory/RAM to devices and applications. Device drivers are usually the most common cause. Other causes including hard drive disk write errors and bad sectors that only surface intermittently. RAM = Random Access Memory errors would be suspect for memory pool issues overall.

The Fix

Shut down your PC and disconnect all external USB devices except the mouse and keyboard. Turn your PC back on. That should do it.

My suggestion, use your computer for as long as you can without plugging your USB devices back in. Memory errors can be difficult to troubleshoot because they usually happen when we least expect. Give it a few days or so before plugging your USB devices back in. This has worked for me on my personal PC as well as my customer’s.

If you find the Windows BAD_POOL_HEADER error happens often, you could always continue unplugging your devices before you boot up, just so you are able to get to your desktop. If you like to troubleshoot, figure out which device(s) are responsible for the windows error by testing how your PC behaves when only 1 USB device is connected. If you have no problems, connect another etc. You could also try replacing or increasing your Memory/RAM.

There are a few other fixes for the BAD_POOL_HEADER, but they rarely need to be used. If this fix does not work for your particular situation, please explain in the comments below.

 

BAD_POOL_HEADER - FIX

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Top 10 Computer Tips 2015

1. SET WINDOWS UPDATE TO RUN AUTOMATICALLY

A computer that is not updating is more likely to run slow or be exploited for vulnerabilities. Random reboots, blue screens, viruses, spyware etc.

2. INSTALL ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE THAT WORKS IN REAL-TIME

In most cases, free versions of anti virus software will do the basics, which in some cases may be enough. Basic virus scans, quarantines and deletes. Premium paid versions of anti virus software have the one feature I like, real-time protection. I like Malwarebytes Premium. After installing this or any anti virus software, update the program’s virus definitions and run a scan.

3. PROTECT YOUR ELECTRONICS

Unplug all computers, electronic devices and your home theater etc. This includes telephone wires and ethernet cables. Lighting travels through those wires too.

4. BACKUP YOUR DATA

Windows comes with a backup solution that works well. Most versions of Windows will even create a complete image of your system. But if you want to venture outside Windows you could try any of these cloud services. Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud. These cloud based services work. They are easy to figure out and will help you backup your data safely.

5. KNOW THE MOUSE

Right click for a menu, left click to select or open. Right click in different programs or locations on your screen and you will get a different menu.

6. DON’T PULL THE PLUG

Never pull the power cord from a live powered on computer. (costly damage may occur to your computer, especially if it’s old)

7. PROTECT YOURSELF

Never log into more than 1 website at a time, especially if it’s financially related. Make a habit of logging out of your sessions/accounts before you walk about from your computer. Never have multiple sessions active in the same browser.

8. DOCUMENTATION

When you least expect it is when you need to know your usernames and passwords. If you like to use a pen and paper, great, just keep it in one place. If you like to create folders on your desktop and create new text files inside it, perfect.

9. FAST INTERNET

Get the fastest internet speed you can afford. More and more we are streaming video from YouTube, gaming, downloading large files, photos, Facebook etc. For all this to work quick and smoothly you need a fast connection.

10. BUY A HEAVY DUTY UPS

Plug your modem, wireless router, computers and electronic devices into your UPS. (Uninterruptible Power Supply) The bigger and more expensive the UPS, the longer you will be able to play when the power goes out.

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