How to fix PFN List Corrupt error in Windows 11

The “PFN LIST CORRUPT” error is a Windows 11 error that unexpectedly stops the system from operating, causing loss of information. And it is easily identifiable because it is represented by a blue screen of death that lasts very few seconds and disappears when the system restarts. In this screenshot you can identify the nomenclature of the error: stop code PFN List Corrupt.

The PFN List Corrupt error indicates a data corruption issue with the PFN (Page Frame Number) list, a data structure with which the system controls the physical memory that is allocated to processes. The factors that contribute to its appearance are diverse: damaged or outdated drivers, overheating, defective RAM problems, lack of Windows update or corruption in system files. Therefore, its solution is related to the subsequent resolution of these problems. Follow these steps one by one until you resolve the PFN List Corrupt error.

Reinstall problem devices

Right-click Start and select Device Manager. Expand each available category and search for devices that feature a yellow exclamation point.

Right-click on each of the problem devices and select the Uninstall device option. Next, exit Device Manager and restart your PC. The devices will be installed automatically upon next reboot.

Check the RAM memory

Windows 11 integrates a memory diagnostic tool. Its function is to verify the integrity of the RAM memory modules and thus detect errors.

To make it appear, press Windows + R keys and in the Run dialog box type the command mdsched.exe and click OK.

In the Windows Memory Diagnostics window, click Restart now and check for problems (recommended).

If you find errors with the memory, try to solve the problem by replacing the defective elements.

Check the integrity of system files

A data corruption in system files are often the causes of blue screens of death.

Fortunately, Windows 11 has the SFC Scannow command-line tool. Its function is to verify the integrity of files crucial for the operation of the system and repair them if they are damaged.

To run this tool, click Start and in the Type here to search box, type “CMD.” When the Command Prompt app appears, click Run as administrator.

In this window, type the command sfc /scannoww and press the Enter key. Wait for the process to finish.

Update Windows 11

This step is crucial for the optimal functioning of Windows 11. It is done manually from Start > Settings > Windows Update.

On this screen, click Check for updates. If there is an update, click Install update.

If after all these steps you cannot solve the problem, think about the possibility of doing a clean installation of Windows 11, that is, restoring the computer to its factory settings.

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