Fixing ntoskrnl.exe BSOD Blue Screen error

By ivan.diskin | February 27, 2018 |

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If you are a Windows 7 user, you have probably already seen the so-called Blue Screen of Death. It’s literally a blue screen that takes over whatever you were doing on your computer with a DOS-like interface. Seeing the Blue screen of death is not a good sign – you will probably get the feeling that your computer is virus-ridden and going to stop functioning in the nearest future. We are here to say that it is not necessarily the case. You might be experiencing some malfunction,

but with commitment and a little spare time, you might be able to rid yourself of the BSOD error.  Who knows, maybe your computer will run smoothly after all the manipulations.

First things first, whenever you see the BSOD screen in Windows, you need to protect your data and back up

your operating system. Just in case something else happens, you need to be prepared. If you haven’t got time to do a full backup, read on at your own risk.

What am I dealing with?

The Blue Screen of Death shows various parameters,

but you need to make sure that at the end of the page you see these words:  ntoskrnl.exe. This piece of software (a kernel) is a minor but intrinsically important part of the operating system.

When this part is missing, Windows just won’t work. When this file is corrupted, you are very likely to have the BSOD as a very common occurrence.

How to fix ntoskrnl.exe bsod in Windows 7?

There are several ways you can go about fixing the ntoskrnl.exe bsod error,

but this doesn’t mean that you will need to use them all. They may have to be personalized depending on what issues your computer has and why the error occurs. Here are some common causes of these errors.

Tip 1. Update your drivers.

Each software program communicates with the hardware part of your PC with the help of a driver. Your printer exists apart from the computer, and it needs a driver to send the signals to and from your PC. So, when your driver is not updated, a problem occurs. The function is working, and the hardware can pick up the signal, but the driver cannot translate the task for the software, creating miscommunication. The solution is simple: keep your drivers updated at all times. To do that, you can use a scheduling program, such as Auslogics Driver Updater.

Tip 2. Try resetting overclocking settings.

Basically, you need to reset your BIOS settings back to their factory default settings. To do that, follow this guide:

  1. Hold the POWER button for 10 seconds and wait for your system to shut down completely.
  2. Turn the system back on, and when the logo screen appears, press F1, F2, F10, ESC or Delete. This will allow you to enter the BIOS.
  3. If that doesn’t work,try the combinations of these keys CTRL+ ALT+ ESC or CTRL+ALT+DEL. This may work for some older machines.
  4. Once in the BIOS screen, use the arrow keys and select Load Setup Defaults. Press ENTER.
  5. If you get a notification to load the default configuration, select YES.
  6. The section EXIT SAVING CHANGES should be highlighted now. Press ENTER again to save the changes.
  7. You PC will restart.

Tweaking the BIOS settings should remove the ntoskrnl.exe issue, and you will not be seeing the Blue screen of death anymore.

Tip 3. Configure a memtest.

Since the ntoskrnl.exe kernel is related to the memory card, you might consider that the cause is a faulty driver. We suggest you run a memory test to find out which driver is causing the problem. Note that this will not be needed if you are using software that does that for you and updates your drivers on a regular basis.

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