A Component of the Operating System has Expired Windows 10 – How To Fix This Error

Many users have reported this issue to Salvete, where after a Windows 10 update, they are seeing the error message “A component of the operating system has expired. Windows can attempt to fix this problem by restarting your computer.”

After that, you will have to wait for a long time until it will be possible to log in again. In some cases, it only boots up in Safe Mode.

The problem exists since Windows 10 version 1607 and persists until today on all versions of the OS. So what is happening here? Where does this rather strange issue come from and how can you get rid of it?

Let’s answer these questions step by step:

What is causing the error message “A component of the operating system has expired. Windows can attempt to fix this problem by restarting your computer.”?

Many users have been reporting that they believe the culprit for this issue is a service or a driver. In my personal case, it was the McAfee Security Scan Plus with Service Host: LocalSystem (McShield).

So if you are sure that it is a driver or a software problem, go to Services (press CTRL + R) and disable all unnecessary services first before you kill any service. The next step is to uninstall any software that you no longer use and reboot the computer.

After this, check if you still see the error message “A component of the operating system has expired. Windows can attempt to fix this problem by restarting your computer.”

If not, it means that a service or a driver caused this issue and you should now check services and drivers one by one. If you find out which driver or service is causing the error, you should uninstall it and reboot your computer to see if you still have the problem.

How can I solve this issue?

If disabling services and uninstalling software has not worked at all, then there are now two possibilities:

You either have a hardware problem and your computer should be serviced.

Or you can try to solve this problem with the following steps:

1) Open an elevated PowerShell (Windows 10, 8.1, and Windows 7) or Command Prompt (Windows 10 and Windows 8) window

2) Use the command SFC / scan now to do a system file check

3) If it says that there is no integrity violation, you can continue to use Windows.

4) Otherwise you will see the following message: “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.” You should use DISM now.

5) The next step is very important! Unplug all external devices except for your keyboard, monitor, and network cable!

6) Use the command dism /online /cleanup-image / restore health again. If you get an error message here, it means that it was not able to fix all errors automatically. You should use Option 3 now to check if there are still problems that could be fixed.

7) If Option 3 does not work, you should try to use the sfc /scannow command again and if it shows you no problems anymore, you can plug in external devices one by one to see which device caused the error.

8) If nothing has worked yet to fix this problem and your computer is still showing the error message that a component of the operating system has expired and you think that it is software or service related, then you can use Option One to uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus.

9) If after uninstalling McAfee your computer still shows this issue, try another antivirus program like Avira Antivir or Microsoft Security Essentials.

10) If you are still having problems, then back up your data and reinstall Windows.

How can I prevent this issue from happening?

The easiest way to prevent this error message is to use a good antivirus program that does not cause any issues. Download Avira Antivir Virus Definition File Update, install it, and keep it up to date.