How to Fix Blue Screen of Death

Last updated on August 16, 2018 by Trafalgar Law
Fix Blue Screen of DeathBlue Screen of Death is a result of a fatal system error on a Windows system. Desktop blue screen is always an unwelcome sight and can cause a lot of frustration for the user. In the version of Windows older than Windows 8, when you encounter Blue Screen of Death, your computer will be forced to turn off but more importantly, you will see a code displayed on the screen. This code is only displayed for a second or so which makes reading the code very difficult but luckily Windows creates a dump file after the crash containing all the necessary information for troubleshooting the issue.

If you own a newer Windows (8 or above), the blue screen is much more simple, you get a window something similar to the one below. Most of the time the stop error is caused by a faulty hardware or a driver. In this article we will go through some of the common error messages you can get with the Blue Screen of Death and will take a look at how each problem can be resolved.

Error 0x0000000a or IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Error

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Stop Error 0x0000000a usually occurs during the installation process of Windows and is also known as the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error. Apart from occurring during the installation process, just like any other error, it can be caused by various other issues as well, for example, a broken driver, hardware compatibility issues, and corrupted files are just some of the under underlying causes of error 0x0000000a. So how do you resolve the problem? Here are a couple of solutions.

Solution 1: Keep your Windows up to date

Always make sure you have the latest version downloaded as this will ensure that you have the most recent patches installed. Having the latest version of Windows will help you avoid issues such as the 0x0000000a or so.

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Solution 2: Update your Driver

The 0x0000000a error can be caused by an outdated or faulty driver. In this case, you have to make sure all your drivers are up to date. A tool that can assist you in keeping your drivers working is Driver Easy. Download the program and scan your computer for any driver issues, then update them accordingly.

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Error 0x000000c5 or Corrupted Hard Drive

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Error 0x000000c5 is most commonly caused by a corrupted hard drive. The hard drive stores all the information necessary for the computer to function, so if the hard drive gets corrupted, it will have an effect on the entire system. Other causes that can lead to error 0x000000c5 include corrupted RAM and software, driver issues and virus attacks. Here is what you can do to fix error 0x000000c5.

Solution 1: Scan your HardDrive

If the problem is with your hard drive, this will resolve any issues. Open Command Prompt from the Start Menu and type “Chkdsk /f /r”. The disk scanning function will thoroughly scan your hard drive for any issues and will repair them accordingly.

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Solution 2: Microsoft Windows Utility Check

This is a handy tool for identifying missing files in the system that are key to the flawless functioning of the computer. Open Command Prompt and enter “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth”. When prompted, enter the following code: “SFC /scannow”. Scanning will start, which can take some time. When scanning is over, you will be returned with a message saying whether the system found corrupted files or not and whether it managed to fix them.

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Fixing Error 0x00000109 or Unauthorized Kernel Modification

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The number one cause for a 0x00000109 error is an unauthorized kernel modification of a device driver. However, there are multiple other factors that can cause this error to be triggered. For example, an incorrectly functioning RAM memory module or simply a virus infection that modifies kernel data. Luckily, just like with any other error, there are steps you can take to resolve the issue. See the solutions to error 0x00000109 below.

Solution 1: Run Windows Memory Diagnostic

This is a tool that will identify any corruption issues with your memory. To access the tool, click Start, type “Windows Memory Diagnostic” in the search field and run the program. Follow the steps described by the wizard. When scanning is over, the tool will notify you of any memory issues.

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Fixing Error Blue Screen 1033

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Blue Screen Error 1033 is a common system error and at the same time one of the most serious ones as well. But do not panic, like all other errors, this one is also fixable. First, let’s take a look at what might be causing Blue Screen 1033. Some common causes include missing or damaged system files, a crash in the graphics card or hardware issues. The steps to resolving Blue Screen 1033 can be found below.

Solution 1: Restart your computer

First shut down your computer completely. Now unplug it from the power source or remove the battery in the case of a laptop. Wait at least half a minute and then plug the computer back in or put the battery back and start the computer as you normally would do.

Solution 2: Troubleshoot using Action Centre

Action Centre is a built-in Windows troubleshooting tool for identifying software and hardware issues and providing solutions to the problem. If you are a Windows 8 or 10 user, click the Start button and search for Control Panel. Click on System and security, then, under Action center, click on Review your computer’s status and resolve issues. Expand the Maintenance tab using the downwards pointing arrow and click Check for solutions.

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Fixing Error 0x00000024 or NTFS System’s Failure

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Error 0x00000024 is a stop error that in many cases occurs upon starting up your computer but can occur any time while you are working on your computer. This error is usually the indication of a problem with the computers NTFS system’s file which is responsible for reading and writing drives. Apart from this, there are various other reasons you can be encountering Error 0x00000024. These include memory leak and faulty drivers. Here is what you can do to fix the error.

Solution 1:CHKDSK

Use CHKDSK to identify and resolve any hard drive corruption issues that might be causing this error. Open Command Prompt from the Start Menu and type “chkdsk drive:/f”. Hit and enter and the program will run a scan to check the integrity of disks. If any problem is found, you will be returned with the exact problem and a possible solution to fix it.

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Solution 2:Update corrupted graphics card driver

Click the Start Menu and search for Device manager. Open it and find Display adapters. Click on it to expand it and view your devices. Right-click on one of them and click Update Driver Software.

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Encountering a Blue Screen of Death can be frightening at first and can cause a lot of frustration afterward when you find out that the computer has to shut down immediately. This is especially irritating if you have not saved your work and you know it will be lost. Blue Screen of Death comes in various forms and can are in most cases caused by low-level software and hardware issues. The first thing you should do after running into a Blue Screen Error and restarting your computer is locating the minidump file with all the information regarding the stop. You can use the data in the file to identify the error code and then use that to search for solutions to that particular problem online. The most common stop error types have been included in this article so if you have encountered one of the above-mentioned errors, check for potential solutions in this article.

Trafalgar Law

Trafalgar has reviewed many software solutions in terms of multimedia, working efficiency and communications. He's keen to point out the strengths and weakness of each tool when evaluating them. You can easily find out the best solutions for your needs in his articles regarding screencasts and video downloads.Last updated on August 16, 2018

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