BSOD or Blue Screen of Death is one of the most dreaded errors on a Windows PC. However, the most confusing is when Windows throws a “Store Data Structure Corruption” error code. Often times this data structure corruption error appears during or after gaming sessions. We will show you how to fix it.
The Windows computer will restart shortly after collecting feedback on the error. All your open applications and windows will close and unsaved work will be lost, if any. This could be an isolated event where you have encountered the ‘Store data structure corruption’ error once and never again. We suggest you wait and see if the error hits your computer screen again. If so, we have solutions.
1. Diagnose memory problems
It could be a memory issue when a firmware or hardware device is not using memory properly and corrupting data in the process. Windows comes with a built-in tool to diagnose the problem.
Step 1: Open Control Panel from the Start menu or press Windows key + X to open a context menu to find it.
2nd step: Look for Memory in the search bar and select “Diagnose your computer’s memory problems.”
Step 3: In the following pop-up window, one can run the test immediately or schedule it for later when the system is restarted.
Step 4: Find Event Viewer on the Start menu and open it.
Step 5: Windows saves the scan results in the “MemoryDiagnostics-Results” file, available in the system log. This is useful for self-diagnosis as well as for sharing with your IT professional or on PC-related forums.
2. Run SFC and DISM Scan
We have already faced the “corruption of storage data structure” BSOD error and were able to resolve the issue while running these commands.
Step 1: Find Command Prompt on the Start menu and select Run as administrator to open it with administrator rights.
2nd step: Run the commands below, but one at a time and in the order shown. The first command is SFC or System File Checker which detects and repairs corrupted system files.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM.exe / Online / Cleanup-image / Scanhealth
DISM.exe / Online / Cleanup-image / Restorehealth
We suggest that you restart your Windows computer once after running these commands. Hope this will fix the error or you can move on to the next solution.
3. Scan for viruses
There are three parts to this process, and we recommend that you go through each one. First, run an antivirus scanner. This can be a third-party antivirus you prefer, or the default Microsoft Defender which comes preinstalled on all Windows copies.
Next, we highly recommend that you get Malwarebytes, and even its free version is pretty good. Note that a virus is not the same as malware.
Finally, download and run Microsoft Safety Scanner. You have to run it manually and you can use it for up to 10 days. Once this trial period is over, download it again and run it. We recommend that you always download the latest version before running it.
4. Driver error
You can download and install the latest version of the graphics driver for your Windows computer, whether it is a desktop or a laptop. If the “Store Data Structure Corruption” error occurs during or after a game session.
See our guide on updating, reinstalling, and restoring drivers. But what about other hardware devices connected to your computer that could be causing the error? There are driver specific tools available that can automate the process.
5. Run the troubleshooter
Another tool in Windows’ arsenal is the troubleshooter, which can detect and fix many hardware-related errors. And BSOD is part of the package. It does not work on Windows Home edition.
Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open settings and search for Find and fix blue screen issues.
2nd step: In the pop-up window that follows, follow the on-screen instructions.
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Extreme situations like a complete hardware failure could also be a factor. For example, you might need a new RAM key because the old one has failed. Such events are rare and often not a cause for concern on newer computers. And there are also ways to easily test the hardware.
BSOD errors appear out of nowhere and you don’t even have the option to save work. It’s scary and boring and leaves few options for end users. Sometimes users don’t even have an error code. And the QR codes you notice on the BSOD screen are not helpful. More often than not, they lead to a generic link which is not useful.
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Last updated Feb 18, 2021
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