How To Fix Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen Windows 10

The page fault in nonpaged area error on windows 10 usually results in a blue screen of death and you have to manually restart your machine. This error can be very frustrating and very hard to troubleshoot. Lucky for you I have seen this error many times and I know exactly how to resolve it.

The root cause of this error is usually caused by an issue with either the computers software or hardware, usually an issue with a device driver.

Below is a picture that I took of the error.

Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen Windows 10

What Causes Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen

This error is caused by windows 10 writing information in to memory, then not being able to read that information for what ever reason.

The most likely reason for this is because of an issue with a device driver. Other reasons can be

  • Faulty / Bad Written Software
  • File / Operating System Corruption
  • Hardware Issue
  • Virus
  • Other Recent Change To System

If you look at the blue screen of death above we can see that the file wdfilter.sys caused the crash.  I have looked up the file wdfilter.sys on google and it looks like this file is used by the display device driver.

Fix 1 : Update Device Drivers

The device driver usually causes the fault in nonpaged area error nine times out of ten. When your machine crashes to a blue screen of death take a look if there is a file name in the bottom right hand side.

Below we can see the file nnsstrm.sys is displayed.  We now need to find out what this file is related to.  Google the file name and work out what it is related to.  For example the file nnsstrm.sys seems to be related to network driver.

Update Re-install Device Drivers

We now need to update the driver that is causing the errors.  If you are unable to locate which driver is having the issue I recommend you upgrade all of the following drivers.

  • Display
  • Network
  • Wifi

Open up device manager (Click start, type in “Device Manager” and hit enter) Now expand the driver that is causing the issues (Below I am using the network adaptor as the example.)

Right click on the device and select properties, then click on the driver tab and note down the driver date and version.  (We can see below the version is 3.0.2.201)

device manager

Now search on the internet for an updated driver.  We are looking for a driver newer than 26/03/2016 or 3.0.2.201.  Download that driver and save it to your machine.

Now head back to device manager and right click on the device and select update driver, Follow the prompts to update.

update driver

Restart your machine after the driver has been updated.  Monitor if your machine still has the issue.  If your machine still has the fault in nonpaged area error try the next fix.

Fix 2 : Re-Install Device Driver

The issue could be caused by a corrupt device driver. We are going to uninstall and reinstall the driver which should resolve this issue.

Open up device manager (Click start, type in “Device Manager” and hit enter) Now expand the driver that is causing the issues, right click on the device and select “Uninstall Device”

uninstall driver

When the driver has been uninstalled reboot your machine.  This will completely remove the driver from your system.

The driver should auto install when windows 10 has restarted.  Go back in to device manager and right click on the device and select update driver, Follow the prompts to update.

If your machine is still crashing after this try fix 3.

Fix 3 : Check Hard Drive For Errors / Corruption

It is possible that either a device driver or a windows 10 operating system file has become corrupt and is causing the crashes when that file writes data to system memory.

To check your hard drive for errors do the following

  1. Click Start, type “CMD” then right click on CMD and select run as administrator
  2. In the black windows that pops up type in “CHKDSK /f /r”
  3. The scan with either run or you will be prompted to type y then restart your machine
  4. When the scan is finished restart your machine

check disk for errors

Again monitor your system and continue to the next fix if needed.

Fix 4 : Hardware Issue

Did you add any new hardware to your system recently?  Even a new USB mouse / keyboard? If yes remove that hardware and monitor if the crashes stop.

Its also worth removing the memory modules that are installed in your system, blowing inside the connectors then re-install the memory,  It is possible a memory module was lose?

Some times hardware develops faults and needs to be replaced.  If you know which hardware is causing the issue (By looking at the file name displayed in the blue screen of death) you can try to remove or replace that hardware.

Disable wifi if you can, if the crashes stop you know it is related to the wifi.

Fix 5 : Virus

Virus’s are also known to cause the Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen error in Windows 10. Make sure your anti virus is up to date and perform a full scan of your system.

If you don’t have any anti-virus installed download and install AVG Anti Virus, they have a free virus scanner which is really good (I use it all the time)

You can also perform an online virus scan by visiting this link, The website will scan your local machine and will remove any viruses you might have.

Fix 6 : Other Recent Change To System

Has there been any other changes to your system recently that could be causing this issue?  Did you install any new software that could be causing the crashes?

Check in programs if anything has been installed recently, Click on start and type in “Add or remove programs” sort by installation date and look at what applications have been installed recently.  You could try to remove applications that were installed recently to try to resolve this issue.

other changes

Fix 7 : Re-Install Windows 10

This is the last fix I have for you, If all else fails a re-install of windows 10 might help you. If you need re-install windows 10 this guide will help you

I am sure that one of the above fixes would of resolved the Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen on Windows 10,  If you need more help please post what you have done in a comment below and I will help you out.

Fixing Page Fault in Nonpaged Area Windows 10 Boot Loop

Sometimes your windows 10 machine will be in an infinite boot loop and showing the page fault in nonpaged area error and you are unable to get to the desktop.  If this is the case the above fixes will not work for you.  Below I will show you how to fix this.

  1. Download the microsoft recovery tool from the link below.Windows 10 32 bit Click Here
    Windows 10 64 Bit Click Here
  2. Once the file has downloaded double click on the file, On the first window click on “Create installation media for another PC” and click next
  3. Select the required language, edition and architecture then click next
    recovery disk language
  4. Select USB flash drive or ISO File (In this guide we are going to make a usb recovery disc. Then click next
    0xc00000e usb recovery disc
  5. Enter a USB drive in to your machine (Please note we require to wipe this drive so backup any required data)
  6. Select the drive your USB is connected to and click next
  7. The tool will now download the required files and prepare your USB drive.  This process can take between 10 minutes and an hour depending on your internet connection.
    recovery disk downloading
  8. When the tool has finished close the application and remove the USB drive from your system.
  9. Insert the Windows 10 Recovery Media we just created in to your machine and turn your machine on and boot to the usb drive
  10. On the first screen select your required language and keyboard layout and click next.
    windows 10 recovery tool
  11. On the next screen click on Repair your computer, Do not click on install now.
    windows 10 repair
  12. On the choose an option screen click on troubleshoot
  13. On the troubleshoot screen click on advanced options
    troubleshoot 0xc00000e
  14. On the advanced options screen click on startup repair
  15. The windows 10 startup repair will now automatically start and will resolve any issues it finds, Expect this process to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
  16. When the repair has finished reboot your machine.

Preventing Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen Windows 10

There are many things that we can do in windows 10 to prevent the Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Blue Screen of death, they are

Update Device Drivers Frequently

It is a good idea to check for device driver updates every three months.  By frequently updating it makes sure that your windows 10 will benefit from the latest fixes that are released and will help your computer run smother.

Install Windows Updates

Microsoft release windows updates once a month (Second Tuesday of the month) make sure you are installing these updates as soon as they are released.

To check for updates click start menu, Click on Settings, Update & security, Click ‘Check for updates’ in the Windows update tab then install.  Once the updates are installed restart your machine.

Make Sure Anti Virus Up to Date

At least once a month check your local anti-virus to make sure it is enabled and also has downloaded the latest anti-virus definitions.

If the latest definitions have not been downloaded your machine could be at risk of infections.

Backup Your Important Data

Make sure you backup your important data at least once a month to an external USB storage or an online storage service such as google drive / microsoft onedrive.

If the worse happens such as a blue screen of death and your machine can not boot to windows you want to make sure your data is safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fix a page fault in a nonpaged area? This error is caused by an issue with either the software or hardware in your machine, Most likely an issue with a device driver. The most likely causes are.

  • Faulty / Bad Written Software
  • File / Operating System Corruption
  • Hardware Issue
  • Virus
  • Other Recent Change To System

What is stop code page fault in nonpaged? This is one of the most common blue screen of death errors to happen with windows 10.  The error happens because the operating system has written to memory then had an issue to access what it had written after.

What happens during a page fault? This is one of the most common blue screen of death errors to happen with windows 10.  The error happens because the operating system has written to memory then had an issue to access what it had written after.

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