How to Fix Windows 10 BSOD Error 0x00000139 (KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE)?

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Issue: How to Fix Windows 10 BSOD Error 0x00000139 (KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE)?

Hi guys! I‘m getting another BSOD this month! Can‘t be more annoying than that.. On random occasions, a blue screen shows up, freezes the screen, which is why regardless of the tasks I‘ve been doing I‘m forced to reboot the system by pressing power button. Each time this happens I expect that this is the last time, but unfortunately the whole tandem of errors appear again and again. I‘ve upgraded from Windows 10 from Windows 8 about a half of the year ago. Everything was fine. The error message says KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE. Is there something I could do to fix this issue? Thanks in advance!

Solved Answer


Experts speculate that Windows 10 can be the greatest operating system that Microsoft have ever released and is going to release in the future. Its design, new features, such as Cortana, app support, and many more advantages are highlighted everywhere. Nevertheless, that’s just one side of the apple. On the other side, specialists, as well as Windows 10 users, keep reporting about Windows 10 errors, such as pop-ups , BSOD, freezes, automatic updates, restarts, and so on. Although Microsoft doesn’t stop trying to decrease Windows 10 errors, this is a difficult task requiring lots of time and effort. Thus, while Microsoft is working on fixing errors and releasing updates, people have either live with system errors and wait for the amendments or get the things done by themselves.

A couple of month ago, people started complaining that after installing or launching apps from  the Windows Store they start getting a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), which indicates an error code 0x139 (KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE). This error does not apply to all Windows Store apps since there is a particular group of programs that have been damaged, for instance, Ear Trumpet, Teslagrad, JT2Go, Kodi, and more. KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE BSOD error is related to the Windows 10 support for Centennial/desktop bridge apps, which is a new feature launched with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This feature was supposed to increase the amount of Universal Windows Apps as it should have allowed all developers to create apps for desktop computers and upload them to the Windows Store. Unfortunately, but it appeared to be malfunctioning, which is why some of the apps were damaged. Consequently, if the user installs a damaged application, his or her PC may crash and freeze showing the BSOD KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE with an error code 0x139. Luckily, this bug can be fixed by performing system restore steps that we will explain down below. On top of that, a couple of days ago Microsoft has released an update (Version 14393.351 – KB3197954), which is aimed at fixing 0x139 (KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE) error.

How to fix 0x00000139 (KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE) BSOD on Windows 10?

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Method 1. Install Windows Updates

As we have already pointed out, Windows has recently released the update (Version 14393.351 – KB3197954) one of the aims of which is to fix KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ FAILURE BSOD and its causes. Thus, run Windows Updates first and see if the bug has disappeared. For this purpose, you have to:

  1. Go to Windows Settings and select Update & security.
  2. Click on the Check for Updates option and wait for the system to perform the scan.
  3. When you receive the list of available updates (if at all), click Install the updates and then Restart your PC.

If, however, your PC is stuck in the BSOD before you log in and you can’t install the updates, then try the following steps.

Method 2. Boot your PC in a Safe Mode

  1. Reboot your PC and press Shift + F8 when Win logo shows up.
  2. On the next screen, select Repair this PC and click Troubleshoot.
  3. After that, select Advanced Options and then Startup Settings.
  4. Finally, enable Safe Mode and login to your account.
  5. Make sure you reboot with networking and try to perform the steps indicated on the Method 1 to run the update.

Method 3. Use BCDEdit to fix Kernel Security Check Failure error

If, nevertheless, you can’t log in to your PC, you should try to use BCDEdit tool. For this purpose, you will need a bootable DVD or USB drive. If you are ready, let’s begin.

  1. First of all, connect the external drive (DVD, USB) and restart your PC.
  2. When the Windows setup boots up, click Next and select Troubleshoot.
  3. After that, select Advanced Options.
  4. Once you are in the Advanced Options window, select Command Prompt, type C:, and press Enter.
  5. After that, type BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY and press Enter.
  6. Once the Command Prompt finishes the task, close it and go back to the Choose an option screen.
  7. Select Continue and restart your PC.
  8. If the system now boots up normally, navigate to the Windows Updates and install all available Windows updates without a delay.
  9. Finally, run a scan with  Reimage to ensure a complete optimization of the OS.

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Olivia Morelli is a young, but a perspicacious IT expert who is currently just a year away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Systems. Her primary passion is cyber security, however, thanks to her detailed understanding of computer networks, operating systems and hardware, she can find a fix for any PC or Mac issue...

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