FIX: 0x00000004 error code for good

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  • The stop code 0x00000004 is a blue screen error that might appear due to incorrectly configured system settings.
  • Automatic Repair is a built-in Windows 10 option that may solve this issue.
  • There is a great command-line tool that can be used for fixing many blue screen problems.
  • If you couldn't get rid of the error code: 0x00000004, try resetting your operating system.
Fix Windows 10 BSoD

If you have a clean installed Windows OS and are experiencing the IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL blue screen of death error with the stop code 0x00000004, a 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. Use the Automatic Repair option

  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.

Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your Windows 10 PC? Use our dedicated guide to fix this problem.


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

0x00000004 - IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
  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.


2. Run the System File Checker tool

  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 0x00000004 - IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
  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.

The System file checker is a command-line tool that will scan your system for potential issues and resolve them on the way, of course, if possible.

If you encounter errors while running SFC, it stops or does not work at all on Windows 10, you can use our dedicated guide in order to fix this problem.


3. Check for driver issues

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.

However, searching drivers yourself or updating manually from Device Manager can be time-consuming. Instead, you can use an automatic tool to keep your drivers up to date.

Various errors are the result of a malfunctioning driver. When this is the case, you may need to update or reinstall completely this specific component. As the process is not straight-forward to complete, we recommend using an automated tool for the job. Here's how to do it:

  1. Download and install DriverFix.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Wait for the software to detect all your faulty drivers.
  4. You will now be presented with a list of all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d liked fixed.
  5. Wait for DriverFix to download and install the newest drivers.
  6. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
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4. Reset/Reinstall Windows

  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 option 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.

Sometimes, you can see the message There was a problem resetting your PC. If this is the case, use our dedicated guide to solve the error.


You can fix the 0x00000004 error code in Windows 10 by repairing the corrupt installation files. However, if that does not work, try other steps listed in the article above.

If you have any other suggestions for us that we should include in our guide, please write us a comment below.

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