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A Guide to the CID HANDLE CREATION Blue Screen of Death Error

The CID_HANDLE_CREATION BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows Vista, XP, and 2000, and Windows 7 and 8. It means that the operating system has detected a problem with a device driver. In most cases, a newly installed device or a device driver that is incompatible with the operating system causes this BSOD error. It results in the automatic shutdown of the computer to prevent damage and possible loss of data from unsaved work.

This BSOD error is also known as CID_HANDLE_CREATION and STOP 0x00000016. Some users of Windows have reported this error, which normally appears on the screen during the initialization of the system.


You can resolve the CID_HANDLE_CREATION BSOD error by resolving issues between a newly installed device or device driver and the operating system. You can do this by installing the latest software updates, by updating the device driver or installing an appropriate version, and by checking hardware compatibility with the operating system.

To install software updates manually, open the Internet Explorer (IE), click on Safety and Windows Update, and then follow the prompts and instructions that appear on the screen. When using IE 7 or its older versions, open the browser, click Tools, and then Windows Update. You should install both critical and non-critical software updates.

If an updated or a different version of a device driver is required to resolve the BSOD error, you can get these from the official download site of the manufacturer. For video and chipset drivers, you can download appropriate and updated versions from the download sites for AMD, ATI, Intel, and Nvidia. Alternatively you can update your drivers quickly and easily with Driver Reviver.

To verify hardware compatibility, you have to reboot and check the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List to verify that recently installed drivers and hardware are compatible with the version of the operating system that you are using. You have to remove and replace devices and drivers that are not compatible with your operating system.

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