Top 9 Solutions to Fix System UI Not Responding Error

Hi there, fellow digital navigators! Staring down the vexing “System UI Not Responding” error on your Windows screen? It’s almost like your computer has decided to play hide-and-seek, and it’s winning! But fear not, because this isn’t a dead-end street. Together, we’re going to chase down this digital gremlin and return your computer to its former glory.

1. Restart Your Computer

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” This isn’t just tech support humor; it’s practical advice! Here’s how to restart your Windows computer:

  1. Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click the Power icon.
  3. Select “Restart” from the drop-down menu.
Restart Your Computer

Sit back and let your computer do its thing. Once it powers back on, check if the error is resolved.


2. Update Your Windows

Keeping your OS updated is crucial. Here’s how to check for Windows updates:

  1. Click the Windows icon, then select “Settings.”
  2. Navigate to “Update & Security.”
  3. In the Windows Update section, click on “Check for updates”.

If an update is available, follow the prompts to install it. Afterward, restart your computer and see if the error still persists.

3. Run SFC and DISM Scans

Running System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) scans can often resolve many issues:

  1. Open Command Prompt by typing “cmd” in the search bar, right-click on it and select “Run as administrator.”
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  3. Once the SFC scan is done, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter.
Run SFC and DISM Scans

Both scans may take some time. Once completed, restart your computer and check for the error.

4. Update Your Drivers

Updating your drivers is like ensuring your team’s coach is at the top of their game. Here’s how to do it manually:

  1. Right-click the Windows icon and select “Device Manager.”
  2. Expand each category and right-click on each device, then select “Update driver”.
  3. Select “Search automatically for updated driver software.”

For all your devices, this could take a while. Alternatively, you can use driver update software like Driver Booster or Driver Easy, which automates the process.

5. Perform a Clean Boot

Performing a clean boot is like decluttering your digital workspace:

  1. Press Win + R, type msconfig and hit Enter.
  2. In the System Configuration window, go to the “Services” tab.
  3. Check the “Hide all Microsoft services” box, then click “Disable all”
  4. Go to the “Startup” tab and click “Open Task Manager.”
  5. Disable all startup items, then close Task Manager.
  6. Click “OK” in the System Configuration window and restart your computer.
Perform a Clean Boot

After restarting, check if the error is gone. If it is, you’ll know it was caused by a software conflict.

6. Check for Malware

Unwanted guests like viruses and malware can cause a host of issues on your computer. Make sure your anti-malware software is updated and run a full scan. Popular options like Avast, McAfee, and Norton can help you maintain your digital health.

7. Uninstall Recent Apps

Remember that new shiny app you installed recently? It might be causing trouble. Try uninstalling any recently installed apps. It’s a bit like removing a rowdy party guest – sometimes, the party runs smoother without them.

Uninstall Recent Apps

8. System Restore or Reset

When all else fails, a System Restore or a Reset might be your best bet:

  1. Open “Settings,” go to “Update & Security,” then “Recovery.”
  2. Under “Reset this PC,” click “Get started”.
  3. Follow the prompts. Remember, a full reset will wipe all your files, so ensure you’ve backed everything up beforehand.

A System Restore works similarly but rolls your system back to a previous state instead of resetting it entirely. Choose whichever option you’re most comfortable with.

By following these steps, I hope you can reclaim your digital tranquility.

9. Ensure Compatibility of Installed Software

Software compatibility is essential for the seamless operation of your computer. Sometimes, a software that was designed for an older version of Windows might not work well with a newer one. This misalignment can cause issues such as the “System UI Not Responding” error.

Steps to Ensure Compatibility:

  1. Check Software System Requirements: Before installing any software, always look at its system requirements. It should mention which versions of Windows it’s compatible with. If it doesn’t mention your version, it might be a source of conflicts.
  2. Run Compatibility Troubleshooter: Windows has a built-in troubleshooter for program compatibility.
    • Right-click on the problematic software’s executable or shortcut.
    • Select ‘Troubleshoot compatibility’.
    • Follow the on-screen prompts. Windows will try to detect compatibility issues and offer solutions.
  3. Manual Compatibility Mode: If the troubleshooter doesn’t help, you can manually set a program to run in compatibility mode for a different version of Windows.
    • Right-click on the software’s executable or shortcut.
    • Go to ‘Properties’ > ‘Compatibility’.
    • Check ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for:’, and select an older version of Windows.
    • Apply the changes and see if the issue resolves.
  4. Regularly Update Software: Software developers release updates to ensure compatibility with newer OS versions. Make sure to keep all your software updated.
  5. Consult Developer’s Website or Forums: If you suspect a particular software is causing issues, visit its official website or forums. Often, other users might have faced similar issues, and solutions or patches might be available.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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