You don’t need to despair if your computer is constantly freezing and displaying the ntoskrnl.exe bluescreen of death (BSOD). There are a few ways to fix that error. In this article, we will show you how to get rid of the ntoskrnl.exe BSOD in Windows 10. This fix also works for other Windows versions.
What is ntsokrnl.exe?
Ntsokrnl.exe is your operating system’s kernel. It’s essential for Windows to work properly. If the kernel is faulty or conflicting with something else on your computer, Windows will shut down, displaying a bluescreen error message.
Fixing ntoskrnl.exe BSOD
1. Updating Your Drivers
The ntsokrnl.exe BSOD is frequently caused by faulty drivers. Old and outdated drivers might be conflicting with your kernel and causing the BSOD.
By analyzing your minidump files (which are usually located in C:/Windows/Minidump/*.dmp), you can often understand what’s the driver that’s at fault. If you manage to do so, you can uninstall the faulty driver and reinstall it.
BlueScreenView is a great program for analyzing minidumps and super easy to use.
In the unlikely scenario where you can’t figure out what’s the driver that’s causing the ntsokrnl.exe BSOD, you can reinstall every driver on your computer. There are several programs that allow you to do so.
2. Resetting Your Overclock Settings
Another reason for this particular BSOD is the effect that overclocking might have on your drivers. If updating your faulty drivers doesn’t work, then removing your overclock just might.
If you use a program that helps you change your overclock settings then you should use it to revert your changes and see if the error disappears.
Depending on your motherboard you might also be able to change the overclock settings on your BIOS (or UEFI).
Remember that this only applies if you overclocked your system, and, if you did so, you should know how to revert it. This advice doesn’t apply to people without overclocked systems.
3. Performing a memtest
This particular BSOD can also be related to your system’s memory. A memory test (memtest) can help figuring out if that’s the case. If you’ve recently upgraded your memory make sure that you’ve correctly installed it.
Here’s how you perform a memory test:
- Press the Start button and type Windows Memory Diagnostic
- Choose Restart now and check for problems. Be advised your computer will reboot right away and you won’t have any time to save what you’re working on. If you need to save something do it before you preform the memtest.
- Wait until its finished
After a while, Windows will tell you if there’s anything wrong with or software or hardware and you will know the root of the ntsokrnl.exe BSOD.
Petr is a serial tech entrepreneur and the CEO of Apro Software, a machine learning company. Whenever he’s not blogging about technology for itechgyan.com or softwarebattle.com, Petr enjoys playing sports and going to the movies. He’s also deeply interested about mediation, Buddhism and biohacking.