This is going to be my first post here. So, recently, (post-W10 Anniversary Update) I've had BSOD's start to happen. They all seem to be CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION ones. I don't know if it's because of the Anniversary Update, or because of some things I did. Anyway, I'm going to let you know what changed (which is quite a lot):
1. Updated from W10 to W10 Anniversary Update. No reinstall, just installed regularly through Windows Update.
2. Used CCleaner for both registry cleaning and application cleaning purposes.
4. Updated Nvidia drivers manually to 372.54 by using DDU and then installing the drivers but only PhysX and the drivers themselves, as well as Clean install ticked.
5. Used SDI (Snappy Driver Installer) for updating drivers.
6. Used geek to uninstall some programs (like Malwarebytes as Windows Defender should be enough).
7. Installed LibreOffice and some games.
8. Ran "Visual C++ Redist Installer V46.exe", essentially it's something someone packed together with all the Visual C++ libraries that you may need for games (except it uninstalls all of them beforehand).
Here are some ways I've attempted to fix the issue:
1. Ran the sfc /scannow command. There were no integrity violations.
2. Ran the Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth command and there were no issues either.
3. Googled the issue (BSOD Critical_Structure_Corruption) and it seems to be potentially caused by 3 different issues: hardware (RAM most likely, not sure if it can be something else), programmer debugging (though that can't be because I'm not programming stuff), and faulty drivers (might be this?). Also I read a bit, mostly I found axe0's helpful replies so I hope he posts here too, haha.
What's important to note is that I haven't changed any hardware after Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Let me know if I should provide you with any logs from SDI, because it seems that the DM Log Collector tool doesn't actually create a folder on my desktop with the necessary files. It seems to create a TFdebugfiles one, but it's removed once DM Log Collector finishes and you press a key to exit it.
Anyway, right now I'm thinking about reinstalling Windows but I'd rather not have it come to that. Also there is something else I want to ask: do I have to provide the product key once I reinstall W10 Pro 64-bit? In Activation it says "Windows is activated with a digital license", but it's not tied to a MS Account as I use a local one. I don't think I've ever used a MS account either, and last time I reinstalled Windows I don't recall having to enter my product key.
Let me know what I can do to make DM Log Collector work, as currently it's not really working properly for me as you can see.
Also, I'm thinking about never using CCleaner/SDI/geek and other stuff similar to that again. I just wonder if they do more harm than good, though SDI is probably nice to update drivers but I don't know if it's updating the proper ones and if it's good to update them (it updated loads of them, again I can post the log files from the program if you wish, but they are pretty big). Let me know if I should continue to use any of these 3 programs.
There is also an issue with the forum as there is no Romanian time zone.
Thank you in advance!