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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is an error message that appears in the Windows operating system when your computer encounters a fatal system error. The BSOD occurs when your PC has reached a point where it can no longer function and it automatically restarts to prevent further damage of your system. The error is specific only to the Windows operating system and it can occur in any version of Windows. You won’t encounter it in the Mac operating system.
Almost every Window user has experienced this type of crash at least once, and Microsoft made the Blue Screen of Death popular with their operating system. Believe it or not the first version of Windows actually had a Blue Screen of Death crash error. However, this was not a formatted screen and it was not that helpful for users. Windows 3.1 was the first version of Windows to have a formatted Blue Screen of Death. This type of style was more popularized by the Windows 9x series. The 9x style came in a few different looks depending on the type of error and they typically would allow the user to try to recover and continue running Windows normally.
The Windows NT BSOD, on the other hand, provided much more detailed error information. This blue screen also had a bit of a change and it also provided stop error codes. This style of Blue screen was used through Windows 7. The Windows CE II Blue screen provided a stop error code as well, but this version of the Blue screen also had a countdown timer for automatic restart. In early builds of Windows 8, Microsoft tried a black screen of death that provided error code information and had an automatic restart feature, but it did not last into other versions of Windows 8. The Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death featured a new light blue color. It was more graphical with a frowny face and it also provided a progress indicator. The system would collect information it needed about the error and it would automatically restart the computer afterward. Microsoft continued with this style of BSOD into Windows 10 and has not changed anything since then.
So, there you have it a little bit of history on the infamous Blue Screen of death. This is not every type of Blue Screen as there are many other variants. Microsoft also had a Red screen of death and some other types of death screens that are not as popular as the BSOD.
There are many causes a Blue Screen of Death. Here are some:
- It could be due to a bad hard drive or incompatible hardware installed on your PC.
- You might have a poor cable connection within your PC. So, check your cables and cards.
- Another cause of a Blue Screen of Death is overheating problems. So, if you hear a weird noise from your computer and the vents are hot and you suddenly experience a Blue Screen of Death, that could mean your computer’s internal hardware components are dusty. You will have to open your PC and clean out the dust.
- Bad memory (RAM) can also be the reason you are experiencing the Blue Screen of Death. You can use the diagnostic tool in Windows to check your RAM. If Windows does not boot, then you will have to manually open your PC and check.
- Viruses can also be a huge reason for the Blue Screen of Death error. You will need to install a good antivirus and scan your PC for viruses.
- Missing system files can also be a cause of the BSOD error.
In the article, we are going to show you how to fix fltmgr.sys error on Windows 10.
What is fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death?
The fltmgr.sys is an SYS file that is a part of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1 created for the Windows operating system. The latest version of the fltmgr.sys file is 188.8.131.52 and it has a popularity rating of two stars with an unknown security rating. SYS files are third-party device drivers associated with the Windows operating system. They facilitate the communication between the PC’s hardware and operating system. You will get a fltgmr.sys Blue Screen of Death when anything interrupts the normal functioning of the fltmgr.sys file.
You will often encounter this BSOD when you are installing new hardware or software while a fltgmr.sys-related the software is active or a device driver is still loading, or during the Startup or shutdown process. It is important to take note when the error occurs. This will give you a better understanding of the problem and will help you easily fix the error.
How to fix the fltgmr.sys BSOD error?
We have provided you with the list of solutions to the fltgmr.sys error below. Make sure you go through all of them until you find the one that works for you.
We are going to show you how to launch Windows in Safe Mode. This is because sometimes, when you encounter the fltgmr.sys BSOD error, your PC will forcefully restart when it is about to get into the desktop. Safe Mode will help you boot into Windows so that you can perform the solutions we have provided to you. Safe Mode starts Windows with the minimum amount of resources, app, and services required. So, it disables all the unnecessary or not so important services and apps that may be causing the error. Here is how to boot into Safe Mode:
- When your PC is restarted forcefully three consecutive times, like in the case where the BSOD error cause it to abruptly restart during startup, it will then boot into the Startup Repair screen.
- In the Automatic Repair screen, select Advanced options. This will take you to the Choose an option screen.
- Now, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings, then click Restart.
- Windows will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Here, press 5 on your keyboard to choose the Enable Safe Mode with Networking option.
- Now, you should boot into Windows without any issues.
- Turn on your PC and press the F8 button repeatedly until the Advanced Boot Options screen appears.
- Scroll down to Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter on your keyboard.
- This should get you into Windows without errors.
Table of Contents
- Update all the drivers of your PC
- Fix all Registry Entries associated with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1, Update CD Build 2096
- Perform a full virus scan of your operating system
- Restore your PC to an earlier date
- Remove newly installed programs associated with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1, update CD Build 2096 / Fltmgr.sys
- Use the Windows System File Checker
- Update your Windows operating system
- Check hardware connected to your PC
- Make sure your hard disk is not corrupted
- Make sure your memory (RAM) is not corrupted
- Troubleshoot BSOD
- Install a clean version of Windows
Solution 1. Update all the drivers of your PC
Outdated, corrupted, or missing drivers are among the probable reasons you are experiencing the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death error. We cannot stress enough the importance of drivers to your operating system. They must be present for the smooth functioning of Windows. We are going to show you the most popular methods to update your drivers:
Method 1. Download and install Auslogics Driver Updater
This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to update all your drivers. Looking for the exact fltgmr.sys-related driver is almost impossible. The process can be irritating and time-consuming even for the most experienced computer users. That is why we recommend you to download Auslogics Driver Updater. This tool will update all your drivers in just one click. Using this tool, you will not have to worry about downloading the wrong driver. It scans your system for outdated or missing drivers and installs the latest manufacturer-recommend version of the drivers. One of the great things about this tool is that it creates a backup of the drivers that are currently installed on your PC before making any changes. This will give you the chance to roll back your drivers if the need arises. Here is how to download, install, and use Auslogics Driver Updater:
- Follow this link to the website and download the setup.exe file.
- When the download is complete, go to the download folder and run the file.
- This will open the Auslogics Driver Updater installer. Follow the instructions to finish the installation.
- When the installation is completed, Auslogics Driver Updater will open and automatically begin scanning your system for outdated or missing drivers.
- When the scan is complete, you will see a list of the drivers that need updating.
- Click Update all to install all the drivers.
- Now that all your drivers are updated, you should not encounter the fltgmr.sys BSOD error.
Method 2. Download the drivers from the manufacturer’s site
This is also another legit way to get your drivers. You will be downloading the drivers from the manufacturers themselves. The only problem with this method is that it is time-consuming, and you need to know the name and version of the devices whose driver you want to update. This is because downloading the wrong driver can cause more damage to your system. The drivers are usually located in the support section of the website. To solve the issue of downloading the wrong driver, manufacturers have created clients that can be installed in your system. This will notify the user when a driver needs to be updated and where to get the driver.
Method 3. Update your drivers using the Device Manager
The Device Manager is a built-in tool for Windows operating systems. Using this tool, you can check the properties and state of each device installed on your PC, including their drivers. Follow the steps below to use Device Manager:
- Right-click on the Start or Home button and select Device Manager from the pop-up menu. This will open the Device Manager Panel.
- Navigate to the device whose driver you want to update and right-click on it, then select Update driver.
- On the next window, choose the option that prompts you to download and install the driver from the internet.
- Windows will now download and install the best drivers for the device.
Solution 2. Fix all Registry Entries connected with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1, Update CD Build 2096
Problems with the Windows Registry can be the cause of the fltmgr.sys and other BSOD errors. There are lots of things that could corrupt or interfere with the Windows registry, for example, viruses and third-party program installations. To fix this error, you will need to repair the Registry entries for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1, Update CD Build 2096.
Trying to edit your registry manually can be risky because any error there can cause permanent damage to your system. That is why we recommend using Auslogics Registry Cleaner. It is 100% free. This tool will eliminate all the errors and corrupted entries from your registry. It creates a backup of your current registry so that you may restore it if the need arises. This tool will improve your system’s performance.
Solution 3. Perform a full malware scan of your computer
The antivirus program has become a vital software for the Windows operating system because, with it, your computer will be flooded will all sorts of malicious programs. Viruses are a means by which cybercriminals and hackers access the information on your computers without permission. Usually, users pick up the virus when they are browsing the Internet or from spam emails. So, you should be careful with the sites you visit and the links you open. Be wary of flashy links with unreal promises. They are links to viruses 10 times out of 10. When these viruses infect your system, they damage and corrupt SYS-related files, which may eventually lead to the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death error.
To avoid this, we recommend you download and install Auslogics Anti-Malware. This tool is efficient in detecting and removing malicious files from your system, and it is easy to use. It schedules regular scans of your system to make sure that there are no viruses. It will also keep you safe while surfing the Internet. Its virus database is updated on a regular basis to make sure it can detect newly created viruses.
Solution 4. Restore your PC to an earlier date
System Restore is a built-in Windows tool that acts like a time machine. It is able to revert changes made to your system by sending it back to a previous date when those changes had not been made. To use this feature, you need to have created restore points before. Luckily, Windows automatically creates restore points when important changes want to occur in your system. Here is how to use System restore:
- Click on the Start or Home button and input recovery in the search box.
- Select Create a restore point from the available results. This will open the System Properties dialog box.
- Click System Restore under the System Protection tab, then click Next when the System Restore window opens.
- Now, select from the list of restore points a date before you started experiencing the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death error and click Next.
- Follow the instructions of the wizard to complete the process.
- Once the system restore is complete, you will no longer experience the error.
Solution 5. Remove newly installed programs related to Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1, update CD Build 2096 / Fltmgr.sys
If you have recently installed any software related to fltmgr.sys, it is advisable to uninstall it and check if the error will be resolved. Use the following methods to uninstall the program:
- Click on the Start button and select Control Panel from the pop-up menu.
- Navigate to Programs > Programs and Features. Now, locate the fltmgr.sys-related software and select Uninstall.
- Follow the instructions of the wizard to complete the process.
- Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Look for the file related to fltgmr.sys and uninstall it.
- Press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app
- Click on App, then scroll down and uninstall the program related to fltgmr.sys.
Solution 6. Use Windows System File Checker
The System File Checker is a built-in tool used to scan and repair errors in your system files. Use the following steps to run the System File Checker:
- Right-click on the Start or Home button and select Command Prompt (Admin). This is to run Command Prompt as an administrator.
- When the Command Prompt window opens, input sfc /scannow and press Enter.
- This tool will now scan your system files and hopefully repair the fltmgr.sys file.
Solution 7. Update the Windows operating system
Microsoft releases Windows updates to improve the operating system and fix common errors users have complained about. That is why we advise you look for updates for your system with the hope that it contains the fix to the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death error. Here is how to check for Windows updates:
- Click on the Start or Home button and select the gear icon to open the Settings app.
- Click Update and Security from the list of options.
- Select Check for updates in the Windows update tab.
- Windows will now look for recent updates for your system and install them.
Solution 8. Check for hardware problems
You should try unplugging any recently installed hardware from your system. Hardware incompatibility may also result in the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death error. Also, unplug any old hardware that you think may be having issues.
Solution 9. Make sure that your hard disk is not corrupted
Corrupted hard disk drive has also been documented as one of the reasons why users encounter the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death error. Improper shutdowns are one of the most common reasons for disk errors.
Windows has a built-in tool for fixing hard disk errors. Use the following steps to run this tool:
- Right-click on the Start or Home button and select Command Prompt (Admin) to open it as an administrator.
- When the Command Prompt window opens, input chkdsk /f and press Enter.
- This command will check your hard disk for errors and repair them.
- Once it is done, restart your PC and check if the error has been resolved
Solution 10. Make sure that your memory (RAM) is not corrupted
Corrupted memory (RAM) can also be the reason why you are experiencing the fltmgr.sys Blue Screen of Death. Use the following steps to check your RAM:
- Click the Start or Home button and input Windows Memory Diagnostics and press Enter.
- This will open the Windows Memory Diagnostic dialog box.
- Choose the first option to restart now and check for problems.
- When your PC restarts, this tool will check for corruption in your RAM.
- If it finds errors, we recommend changing the RAM entirely.
Solution 11. Install a clean version of Windows operating system
If all the solutions above did not work for you, then we suggest that you install a clean copy of Windows operating system. Make sure you have created a backup of all your important files and folders before carrying out this process. You will need to have a Windows installation disk to perform a clean install.
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