BAD_POOL_HEADER error is displayed on the computer screen (usually along with blue screen of death) when physical memory issues occur. For example, if a hard disk drive or RAM fails to perform certain tasks, Windows 8 displays BAD_POOL_HEADER error.
In Windows 8, sometime this error is also displayed due to incorrect registry entries, and improper application or device driver installation. In order to fix this BAD_POOL_HEADER error, a simple restart is required. However if the issue is not resolved after the system restart, some advanced and more technically complex steps must be taken in order to get the system up and running.
BAD_POOL_HEADER error issues should be handled by the administrators of Windows 8 computer, users at homes can also rectify the problem by refreshing or resetting the operating system. Refreshing takes Windows 8 settings back to their defaults without removing users’ personal data. On the other hand, resetting removes users’ personal data along with taking Windows 8 settings back to their defaults.
Best practices say that under such circumstances, administrators must always refresh Windows 8 because of the following advantages over resetting the computer:
- Refreshing the system takes less time than resetting. The time taken to complete resetting process is sometimes more than that consumed to reinstall Windows 8 right from scratch.
- No additional hard disk space is temporarily consumed by the operating system while refreshing. Resetting the system consumes a decent amount of additional hard disk space for temporary expansion of operating system files.
- Users’ personal data remains intact, and users can access their files quite normally even after the successful Windows 8 refresh. On the other hand, when Windows 8 is reset, all users’ data is permanently removed from the hard disk drive.
How to Fix BAD_POOL_HEADER Error?
In order to fix BAD_POOL_HEADER error in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed:
- Restart Windows 8 normally.
- If restarting the computer doesn’t resolve the issue, insert Windows 8 bootable media into optical media drive (CD/DVD Drive).
- On the displayed Windows Setup box, click Next.
- On the next page, click Repair your computer.
- On Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.
- On Troubleshoot screen, click Refresh your PC.
- On Refresh your PC screen, click Next.
- On the next page, from Choose a target operating system list, click Windows 8.
- On the next page, click Refresh to start the refresh process.
- Wait till the Windows 8 system get refreshed and restarts the system automatically.