FIX: 0x00000004 error code for good

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  • Blue Screens of Death happen every time your Windows PC runs into a fatal error
  • Error code 0x00000004 is a perfect example of a BSoD, and we will be discussing it below.
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If you have clean installed Windows OS and are experiencing the 0x00000004 -IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL blue screen of death error after installing new apps, a simple repair using a bootable drive can fix the issue.

However, several users have reported this error in different situations as well.

I just restored my entire system about 2 months ago and have been getting the BSOD for almost the entire time since. I have a lot of software on this system and have not been able to determine the culprit.

If you are also troubled by this error, here are a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the 0x00000004 – IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error in Windows.

How do I fix the 0x00000004 error code?

1. Repair using Automatic Repair

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  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Open the Recovery tab from the left pane.
  4. Scroll down to the Advanced Startup section and click the Restart now button.
  5. Choose an Option, click on Troubleshoot.
  6. Select Advanced Options under Troubleshoot.
  7. Click on Startup Repair.
  8. Windows will now scan your PC for any startup issues and fix the problem.
  9. If you get the Startup repair failed messages, click on Shut down and then restart your PC.

What if you are unable to boot into Windows?

  1. Shut down your computer.
  2. Press the power button and press F8 / F11 / F12 or Shift + F8 as soon as the black screen appears to access the Advanced Boot option.
  3. If that did not work, try accessing the Advanced Boot option using Windows media.

Access Advanced Boot Options using Windows media

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  1. First, you need to create a bootable Windows 10 installation media. If you don’t have one, follow these steps to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive.
  2. Once the drive is ready, insert the flash drive to your computer.
  3. Restart your system and press any key to boot from the installation media.
  4. If the ‘Press any key to boot now from CD or DVD‘ message is not displayed, then you may have to change the boot priority in BIOS.
  5. Once you are in the Windows Setup screen, click Next.
  6. Click on the Repair your computer link.
  7. Under ‘Choose an option, click on Troubleshoot.
  8. Click on Advanced options > Startup Repair.

Windows will now scan the system for any issues that is preventing the system from booting normally.

Full Fix: Memory Management BSOD Error on Windows 10

2. Run System File Checker tool

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  1. Click on Start and type cmd.
  2. Click on Run as Administrator for the Command Prompt option.
  3. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and hit enter:
    sfc /scannow 
  4. The System File Checker tool will scan the system for missing or corrupted files and replace them with new files.
  5. Close the Command Prompt once the verification is 100% complete.

Check for hard drive errors

  1. Open Command Prompt with Administrator privilege.
  2. In the Command Prompt, enter the following command and hit enter to execute:
    Chkdsk /f
  3. Wait for the Check Disk utility to scan the hard drive for any error and fix it.

3. Check for driver issues

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  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.
  3. In Device Manager, expand the category of the device that you recently installed.
  4. Right-click on the device and select Update Driver.
  5. Select Search automatically for updated driver software option.
  6. Windows will download and install any pending updates for the device from the manufacturer’s website.

The error can occur due to incompatible hardware drivers for recently installed devices. If you know which device is causing the issue, you can update it from Device Manager.

If you don’t know which external device is causing the error, try using a driver updater utility to update all the drivers. Additionally, try installing any pending Windows updates to see if that resolves the error.

  1. Press Windows Key + I.
  2. Go to Update and Security.
  3. Check for any pending updates. Windows may not automatically download the updates if the updates are paused by the user.
  4. Download all the pending updates and check for any improvements.

4. Reset/Reinstall Windows

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  1. Click Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Click the Recovery tab.
  4. Click the Get started button under Reset this PC section.
  5. Windows offers two options to Reset your PC.
    Keep my files – Select this options first. It will remove apps and settings, but keep your files.
    Remove everything – Removes all of your personal files, apps, and settings.
  6. Once the PC is set to factory default, check if the error is resolved.

If the issue persists, you may try clean installing Windows. Clean installing Windows will erase the installation drive. So, make sure to create a backup before performing a clean install. You can use a bootable USB flash drive to clean install Windows.

You can fix the 0x00000004 – IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUA blue screen of death error in Windows by repairing the corrupt installation files. However, if that does not work, try other steps listed in the article above.

FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screen of Death errors

  • How do I fix the Blue Screen of Death errors?

The best way to target a specific BSoD error is to look at the error page itself since it always gives you a hint as to what caused it. You can also use dedicated software that fixes BSoD errors.

  • What causes a Blue Screen of Death?

There is no precise cause to Blue Screens of Death, as they can be both software and hardware-related. For more detailed information on what causes BSoD errors, check out this detailed article

  • Is the Blue Screen of Death bad?

A Blue Screen of Death is a clear indication that your PC has run into a fatal error and needed to close.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2020 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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