The KERNEL_APC_PENDING_DURING_EXIT bug check has a value of 0x00000020. This indicates that an asynchronous procedure call (APC) was still pending when a thread exited.

Important This topic is for programmers. If you are a customer who has received a blue screen error code while using your computer, see Troubleshoot blue screen errors.


The following parameters are displayed on the blue screen.



The address of the APC found pending during exit


The thread's APC disable count


The current IRQL





The key data item is the APC disable count (Parameter 2) for the thread. If the count is nonzero, it will indicate the source of the problem.

The APC disable count is decremented each time a driver calls KeEnterCriticalRegion, FsRtlEnterFileSystem, or acquires a mutex.

The APC disable count is incremented each time a driver calls KeLeaveCriticalRegion, KeReleaseMutex, or FsRtlExitFileSystem.

Because these calls should always be in pairs, the APC disable count should be zero when a thread exits. A negative value indicates that a driver has disabled APC calls without re-enabling them. A positive value indicates that the reverse is true.

If you ever see this error, be very suspicious of all drivers installed on the machine -- especially unusual or non-standard drivers.

This current IRQL (Parameter 3) should be zero. If it is not, the driver's cancellation routine may have caused this bug check by returning at an elevated IRQL. In this case, carefully note what was running (and what was closing) at the time of the crash, and note all of the installed drivers at the time of the crash. The cause in this case is usually a severe bug in a driver.