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— Albert Schweitzer
A blue screen of death (BSOD) is a common operating system error. When users get this problem for the first time, they are very worried that their computer has seriously malfunctioned. This is because the computer restarts immediately after it displays a BSOD. Let me assure you that it is not as big an issue as it seems, and we are here to help you find the root of the error and solve it. So that you will not encounter a BSCOD again in the future, and even if you do, you will be able to solve it without much difficulty.
There are various types of Blue screen of death errors:
- 0x000000ED (UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME)
- 0x0000007B (INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE)
- 0x00000024 (NTFS FILE SYSTEM)
- 0x0000007E (SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED)
- 0x0000008E (KERNEL MODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED)
- 0x00000050 (PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA)
- 0x000000D1 (DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO)
- 0x000000EA (THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER)
These are the errors that appear on a Blue screen of death depending on the source of the problem. These messages will help you easily identify the problem.
In this article, we will be focusing on the BSOD code D1 in Windows 7, i.e. error 0x000000D1 (DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO). Usually, the computer shuts down immediately after the blue screen of death to protect the system from further damage. This is also troublesome because it prevents you from reading the exact message of the error. Therefore, you can’t diagnose and fix the issue. I will show you how to disable the automatic restart in the following steps below:
- Right-click on My Computer.
- Select Properties in the pop-up menu.
- Click on Advanced system settings.
- This will open the Advanced tab.
- Now under the Startup and Recovery section, click the Settings button.
- Under the System failure section, uncheck the “Automatically restart” option.
- Click OK.
Now if the error occurs, your computer will not automatically restart. If you cannot boot into Windows after this procedure, try booting into Safe Mode using the following steps:
- When your computer restart, press F8 before the Windows logo appears.
- Select “Safe Mode” using the arrow keys from the boot menu.
- Then press Enter.
Before we begin talking about the solutions, we need to first answer the question what is the bsod code d1. Usually, the 0x000000D1 (DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO) error is the code used to denote problems with:
- Driver incompatibilities
- Third-party drivers
- Driver conflicts
- Outdated drivers
- Malicious drivers
If this error is not fixed immediately, it can lead to serious PC damage like:
- Data loss
- System corruption
Now, let us talk about how to remove the BSOD code D1.
Solution 1. Download a repair utility tool.
The repair utility tool I will recommend for you to use is Auslogics Registry Cleaner. This Registry Cleaner will clean, repair and optimize your Windows registry to remove errors and crashes and to restore smooth and stable functions of your computer. So, your PC will stop giving you headaches and be usable again. This software is totally free with regular updates. This application will also create a restore point before making any changes to your PC so that you can revert the changes if you do not like them or something goes wrong. Once you have downloaded the software,
- Double-click on the icon to run the setup.
- On the welcome window, select
Click to install. On the next window, you will be prompted to install Auslogics Boostspeed (I recommend you to install). If you do not want to install it, uncheck the
Install Auslogics BoostSpeed to discover and fix what makes you PC slow box, then click on
- When the software finishes installing, click on Finish.
Now you can scan and fix those errors and issues on your PC using Auslogics registry cleaner.
Solution 2. Restore your computer
Restoring your PC to a date before the error start is another method to deal with the problem.
- Start your computer and log in with an administrator account.
- Go to the Start or Home button. Click on All Programs Accessories System Tools System Restore.
- Click Restore my computer to an earlier time.
- Then clickNext. A list of restore points will appear in front of you.
- Select the latest restore point and then click onNext.
- The confirmation window will appear again. Click on the Next button again.
- Restart your computer.
Solution 3. Updating problematic drivers
Other reasons for the BSOD Code D1 in Windows 7 could be outdated hardware drivers. You could use a professional driver update utility tool such as Auslogics Driver Updaterto find out which of your drivers are outdated, corrupt, damaged, or missing. it will automatically repair or update them. It will also search for the latest drivers which are compatible with your devices. On a blue screen of death, we can see the file that caused the crash. Usually it is either a display or network driver that is malfunctioning.
Now that we know the device or driver that is causing the error, we could use any of the below options to fix it:
Manually update the driver:
- Click on the Start or Home button. In the search box, type Device Manager.
- Click on Device Manager on the Start menu to open its window. Or you could right-click on the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties. In the next window, select Device Manager.
- Now, right-click on the problematic driver and select Properties.
- Go to the Driver tab to check for the driver version. With this information, go to the manufacturer website of the device and download and install the latest version of the driver.
If this does not solve the issue, go back to the Device manager and uninstall the problematic driver by right-clicking on it and selecting Uninstall. This is going to completely remove the driver from your computer. Restart your Pc when the uninstallation is finished. A fresh installation of the driver will occur when your computer restarts.
Solution 4. Use Command prompt.
- In the Start menu search box, type cmd.
Right-click on cmd in the Start menu and select Run as administrator.
- Copy and paste sfc /scannow in the command prompt window and hit Enter.
- It will now check all your Operating system files to make sure that they do not have any issues, and if they have problems, it will automatically fix them.
Solution 5. Check for corrupted sectors on your hard disk.
It is possible that a corrupt disk sector is causing the crash.
- Click on the Start or Home button and typecmd in the search box. Right-click on Command Prompt and select b>Run as administrator.
- In the command prompt, type chkdsk /f/r and hit Enter.
- When it is done, press Y on the keyboard to schedule the check for the next time your PC restarts, then press Enter.
- When your computer boots up next time, it will check for the errors in the hard drive automatically and fix them.
Another way to do this is:
- On the taskbar, click on the folder to open File Explorer.
- Select Computer, now right-click on Local Disk (C:) and select Properties.
- Go to the Tools tab and click on Check now button.
- Make sure all the box on the window are ticked, then click Start
- In the next window, you will be prompted to check for hard disk errors the next time you start your computer. Click on Schedule disk check
- Now restart your computer.
Solution 6. Install the lasted update.
It may be possible that Microsoft has already released a fix for the problem. So, all you need to do is download the update from Microsoft. You can do this using the following steps:
- Open Control Panel from the Start menu.
- In the Search box, type Update. Now select
from the available options.
- In the next window, click on Check for updates. Windows will now download and install the latest updates for you PC.
- Restart your computer.
Also, you can try taking out your memory sticks (RAM) or any other hardware connected to your computer slots (for towers only), dusting them and fitting them back in tightly. Sometimes it may be the memory sticks which are faulty. In this case, replace them.
I hope that you were able to find a solution to your BSOD Code D1 error in Windows 7. Share this article with others who encounter similar problems
Do you have any ideas or questions regarding this issue?
We are looking forward to your comments!