How to fix SYSTEM PTE MISUSE Blue Screen Errors in Windows?

November 14, 2018 |

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Since you are here, we can safely assume you saw an error of this form:

“Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We will restart for you


You are dealing with a Blue Screen of Death error. A Blue Screens of Death (sometimes abbreviated as BSOD) makes up a special category of severe errors that typically appear when a computer experiences a fatal crash. That said, the system cannot recover. Therefore, the machine is left with no choice but to reboot Windows.

Unique codes often accompany Blue Screen of Death errors. SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE is the STOP code for the BSOD in question. Its value corresponds to 0x000000DA. The error comes up to indicate or report the abuse of a Page Table Entry (PTE).

Causes of the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE blue screen error

A significant proportion of Blue Screen of Death errors have something to do with malfunctioning drivers, and the Blue Screen of Death SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE belongs to the group we are referring to here. If you saw this error, then there is a good chance that a faulty hardware device is causing problems for your PC. Perhaps, an incompatible device (connected to your computer) is responsible.

Nevertheless, we cannot rule out the possibility of other factors or events as causes of the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error. Perhaps, your system files became corrupted, or an important hardware component got damaged.

You are probably more interested in finding out how to get rid of the 0x000000da error message or how to stop the Blue Screen of Death from reappearing and disturbing you. Well, since we have provided you with some useful information about the BSOD in question, we can now move on to the primary part of this guide.

How to fix the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE BSOD on Windows 10 devices?

We want you to start with the first procedure on the list. In general, we recommend you go through the solutions in the order they have been listed here. This way, you are more likely to use the fixes that apply to your case early enough, and you get to resolve your problem as fast as possible.

  1. Perform some preliminary checks:

Here, you are going to do some simple exercises, examine the state of some important variables related to your problem, put things in order, and even prepare the road for the use of more complicated fixes (if necessary). Go through these steps carefully:

  • If there is an external device currently connected to your PC, you must disconnect it. You must do away with all peripherals in general. Leave only the standard hardware devices that form part of your computer (the keyboard, mouse, and so on).
  • Once you are done unplugging all the devices as we requested, you must restart your PC. Observe any changes resulting from the action you just carried out. We mean you must reattempt the task you were working on when the Blue Screen of Death error first appeared.

Try to recreate the BSOD and see how far you can get.

  • If the Blue Screen of Death fails to come up again no matter how hard you try to trigger it to appear, then you have more or less confirmed that a connected hardware device had something to do with the BSOD problem.

In that case, you must be interested in finding out the exact device responsible. Continue with the instructions below:

  • Try plugging in the devices you disconnected earlier, one at a time. You must take note of the changes that occur with each new addition. Try to recreate or trigger the error every time you connect a new device and see what happens.

If you can force the BSOD to appear only when a specific device is connected to your PC, then you have successfully discovered the culprit.

If you can get the Blue Screen of Death to show up only when a particular group or combination of peripherals are plugged in your computer, then you must further test and isolate the device responsible for the issue from the lot.

  • To stop seeing the Blue Screen of Death , you must cease from plugging in the suspected device (or combination of peripherals). You can move to replace the faulty or incompatible device. Otherwise, you have to update its drivers (the process is described in the next fix).
  1. Update all your device drivers:

Earlier, we stated that problems involving drivers are closely connected to the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error, and here, we are going to expand on previous statements.

A driver is a program or code that manages the activities or controls the operations of a specific hardware component on a computer. There are drivers for almost every hardware part of a PC, and most of them are always running in the Windows operating system environment.

Considering the nature of the job drivers are often involved in, it is only logical that faults or complications affecting them are capable of triggering a Blue Screen of Death error. Given the number of drivers in use on a computer, we can also see why the vast majority of BSODs have something to do with drivers.

If the preliminary checks yielded no positive result with regards to the resolution for the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE BSOD, then you must update all your device drivers. Maybe, one of them is faulty, damaged, outdated, or incompatible. Perhaps, the problem is a result of issues affecting numerous drivers. It is complicated to tell. There are just too many drivers to consider.

Due to the difficulties involved in trying to identify which driver is problematic, we propose an incredibly practical solution—updating all your device drivers, using one tool. This way, you get to fix the problem (if it exists) without having to go through a difficult first step (that does not even guarantee results).

That said, it is best to use Auslogics Driver Updater. You have to download and run this program. It will initialize with a scan of your computer to identify the problematic drivers, some of which might be responsible for the BSOD you are struggling with.

After the identification phase is complete, the app will display some options you can use (or buttons you can click on) to download and install the latest manufacturer-recommended versions of the drivers involved. This way, your PC gets excellent replacements for the problematic drivers.

You will have to restart your computer to round off the driver updating process. The new drivers will become active after a reboot of Windows. If the drivers on your system had anything to do with the appearance of the Blue Screen of Death error, you would know about it now.

  1. Run some troubleshooters:

If you know your way around Windows, you might be able to find a troubleshooter for almost any problem you encounter in the Windows operating system environment. Understandably, Microsoft has long provided helpful tools like troubleshooters to assist users in dealing with issues they have limited knowledge about.

Troubleshooters (if used correctly) work well enough to identify, diagnose, and resolve a wide range of problems. Troubleshooting tools work differently. In some scenarios, they only help to diagnose the problem and tell users how to get rid of it, while other times, they go the extra mile to fix the issue (without asking a user to do anything).

The Blue Screen troubleshooter on Windows is the tool most equipped to deal with the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error. Follow these instructions to run it:

  • First, you have to launch the Settings app. Here is the quickest method: Press and hold the Windows Key on your keyboard, then give the Letter I key a tap
  • Once the needed program window is up and running, you must click on Update and Security to enter the menu. There, you will see Troubleshoot (as one of the items listed on the left pane). Click on it.
  • On the right pane, Windows will list some categories of troubleshooters available for you to run. You should see the Blue Screen troubleshooter (usually the first item there). Select it to highlight it, then click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
  • Now, we have brought you as far as we should. You are better off following the instructions that show up on your screen to perform the troubleshooting operations. You are more likely to be successful this way.
  • Restart your PC once the troubleshooter is done with its work. Check if the BSOD with a value of 0x000000DA is still active.

If the Blue Screen troubleshooter fails to do enough to get rid of the issue you are struggling with, then you might want to get help from another troubleshooting utility. The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter is another tool you could run. Continue with the steps below:

  • Open the Settings app as you did earlier. You must go to the screen where Windows lists the available troubleshooters. However, this time, you must select the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to first highlight it, then move on to click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
  • We cannot guide you any further from this point. The instructions you see are your best bet in ensuring the troubleshooting process goes smoothly. So, try to follow them correctly and do whatever the tool requests of you.
  • Do not forget to restart your PC and verify if the BSOD is still there.
  1. Check for viruses and malware:

Viruses and malware are notorious for performing harmful operations on a PC. They often delete or corrupt system files, interfere with fundamental processes, and so on. There is a reasonable probability that the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error you are trying to resolve is a consequence of the activities of viruses and malware.

We want to believe you have an antivirus running on your PC because operations performed on it make up the primary part of the fix you are about to use. Follow these instructions:

  • Launch the antivirus app. Click on its scan menu or navigate through the required options to get there. Now, you must locate the option to do a full, complete, or deep scan. Use that option once you find it.

We want your antivirus to search thoroughly for any malicious item on your computer. So, the best procedure will be incredibly handy here.

  • The scan (given the nature of the operations involved) will use up a considerable amount of time. So, you have to wait. In the end, if your antivirus identifies any malicious or dangerous item, you must move to quarantine it. Otherwise, you have to get rid of it altogether (using the delete or removal option).
  • After you finish eliminating all the unwanted items, you must restart Windows. After your system reboots, you have to check if the Blue Screen of Death error defined by the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE code is still active.

If your antivirus fails to detect a malicious item or dangerous program, you can go a step further to carry out tests, using another security app. This way, you get to verify the results you just obtained and ensure your system is not in danger.

You need not introduce another antivirus app since you already have one operating on your PC. A different type of security application is probably ideal since you are looking to shake things up. Auslogics Anti-Malware is an excellent choice in this regard.

With the recommended app, you might eventually succeed in detecting malicious items that your antivirus might have missed earlier. Run scans with it, use it to get rid of viruses and malware, restart your PC, and see if things improve.

  1. Use System Restore:

You might have trouble recalling the applications you installed or the operations you executed in the build-up to the appearance of the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error. Perhaps, if you can remember things clearly, then you might be able to reverse the events or changes that triggered or gave rise to this BSOD. This way, it might stop appearing.

Unfortunately, most people often struggle to undo changes if they cannot remember them. Even if they did manage to recall the most important events, they might remain unable to reverse them due to the complications associated with the backward direction of certain operations.

With System Restore (a special utility on Windows), you can go back in time while avoiding all the problems or difficulties we described. Even operations that were executed without your knowledge will be reversed once this program is put to good use.

You will get to select a restore point (a specific date) to which must Windows restore your computer. You will lose all the programs you installed after this period. The same thing applies to Windows updates, driver upgrades, and so on.

Follow these instructions:

  • First, you must launch the Control Panel app. Here is one quick way of doing this: Right-click on the Windows Start icon always present on your desktop screen. Some programs or options will appear. Click on Control Panel.
  • Once you have the Control Panel program window up and running, you will see the Adjust your computer’s settings screen. Click on System and Security to enter the menu. Click on System. You should end up on a screen with some links displayed on the left section of the window.
  • Click on the System Protection link. The System Properties window (with the System Protection tab selected) will come up now. There, you should see the System Restore button which you have to click on to continue.
  • At this point, you have to choose the restore point you intend to use. We recommend you select one that predates the existence of your problem or the factors leading to it.

We have assisted you as much as we can. Now, you will do well to follow the on-screen instructions and use your instincts to complete the system restoration process.

After System Restore is done with its work, your PC will restart, and Windows will eventually display a message to confirm the success of the operation. If everything worked as intended, then the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE will no longer show up, and you can rest easy.

  1. Check your BIOS:

BIOS (Basic Input Output System) configurations and setups are often unique to computer models or PC manufacturers. The best information available will probably come from some research you did on your own. We know of some fixes for specific computers, though.

Users with devices manufactured by HP might want to disable the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in their BIOS. People with Dell computers have to turn off PTT Security or untick the checkbox for this option to get rid of it.

An update of the BIOS might deliver positive results irrespective of what computer brand you are using.

In general, if you saw the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE after you restarted your PC (with the shutdown and startup operations surprisingly remaining unaffected), your BIOS most likely has something to do with the problem.

If you encountered the error after you tried to boot up your PC from a flash drive, you would do well to check for and install the BIOS updates available for your device. The same thing applies if this BSOD came up when you tried to install a specific Windows 10 build or update.

Other things to try to resolve the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error on Windows 10 PCs

If the first set of fixes we provided in details failed to help you get rid of the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE BSOD, this additional list of solutions should not disappoint you.

  1. Enter Safe Mode:

If your experience with the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE blue screen is terrible in that it prevents you from getting Windows to boot up normally, then Safe Mode (accessed from the Automatic Startup Repair screen) should provide you with a platform where you can carry out the necessary operations to fix the problem.

Safe Mode will also come in handy for users who can get into their desktop screens. Basically, if the problem is non-existent in Safe Mode (the most likely outcome), then you can more or less rule out the damage involving your PC’s hardware components as the cause of your problem. Otherwise (if the issue occurs even in Safe Mode), you have to test your hardware devices.

  1. Run the SFC and DISM tools:

System File Checker (SFC being an acronym) is a popular utility that users run through an elevated Command Prompt program window to scan their computers for missing, damaged or corrupted system files. More importantly, this tool is capable of fixing the detected issues appropriately.

The DISM (or Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool, on the other hand, fixes any problem affecting Windows images or the OS installation on a PC. DISM sometimes helps the SFC utility to function more effectively, so you will do well to run scans with both tools in quick succession and follow things up with a repeat of the same operations.

  1. Alter your hardware settings:

If you are yet to resolve the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE BSOD at this stage, you do not have much to lose from altering your hardware configuration and seeing the changes that result from such operations. The frequency of your RAM module, for example, is one of the parameters you should be interested in working on for now.

Some users found out that their motherboards struggle to support certain frequencies; they tested different options and found the best setting. Invariably, they fixed their problem unorthodoxly. You too could experience success the same way, and you might eventually get rid of the Blue Screen of Death defined by the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE code on Windows devices.







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