- Blue Screens of Death are an indicator that your PC has run into a fatal error during its running time.
- In this article, we'll be looking at solutions for error code 0x00000008 IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL.
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- Our Windows 10 Errors page is filled with troubleshooting guides covering Windows 10-related issues.
The 0x00000008 IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error is a relatively rare Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issue that can arise in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
When that Stop error arises, a BSOD appears stating:
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If the IRQL BSOD error becomes a recurring issue, you’ll need to fix it.
How can I fix the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error?
1. Initiate a driver scan
According to Microsoft, 70 percent of blue screen Stop errors are due to third-party drivers. So, the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error is often a driver issue that a dedicated tool such as DriverFix can feasibly fix.
To use the tool, download it for free and open it.
As soon as it’s launched, DriverFix scans the system and highlights any incompatible, missing, faulty, or outdated drivers that need updating.
You can then choose what drivers listed in the main dashboard you want to update (preferably all of them).
DriverFix also recommends compatible new drivers compatible with your device from a huge online database.
DriverFixPrevent BSOD errors for good by ensuring all your essential system drivers are in top shape with this simple tool.
2. Free up hard drive space
- Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E hotkey.
- Select This PC on the left of File Explorer.
- Then right-click the hard drive icon there to select Properties.
- If your hard drive has less than 20 percent free space, you’ll need to free up some HDD storage.
Check out our best methods to free up hard disk space for further guidelines.
3. Check for Windows 10 updates
- Input updates in the home screen search box.
- Click the Check for updates button.
- Allow Windows to search and see if there are any available.
4. Remove superfluous peripherals from PC
BSOD Stop errors can be triggered by superfluous peripherals, such as printers, flash drives, external DVD drives, game controllers, etc.
So, try disconnecting any non-essential peripheral devices from your PC.
If the issue no longer persists, then the error is probably due to one of your peripherals.
5. Roll back Windows with System Restore
- First, open Run with the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
- To open System Restore, type rstrui in the Run box and click OK.
- Select the Choose a different restore point option if System Restore displays that setting.
- Click Next to proceed.
- Select Show more restore points to get a full list of restore points.
- Select a restore point that restores Windows to a time that predates the BSOD error on your PC.
- Click Next to continue.
- Press the Finish button to roll back Windows to the selected restore point.
System Restore is one of the more likely fixes for the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error as that might undo recent system changes that generate the BSOD issue.
6. Reinstall Windows 10
Reinstalling Windows 10 is the last resort for resolving the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error. To do a clean Windows 10 install, you’ll need bootable USB media with a Windows 10 ISO on it.
Check out our clean install of Windows 10 guide for further details.
A factory reset is similar to reinstalling Windows 10, and you can retain your own files with that method. So, some users might prefer resetting Windows to default instead of a completely clean reinstallation.
Our Factory reset guide provides further guidelines for resetting Windows 10.
Those are some of the fixes for the 0x00000008 IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error.
The troubleshooting steps included on Microsoft’s Troubleshoot blue screen errors page might also come in handy for fixing the IRQL BSOD error.
If one of these solutions helped, we’d like to hear your feedback so feel free to use the comments section below.
FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screens of Death
- How do I stop Blue Screens of Death?
It helps to know exactly what can cause BSoD errors and then to follow the hints given at the bottom of the error.
- Do Blue Screens of Death fix themselves?
No, Blue Screen of Death will happen every time your PC runs into a fatal error, even if it is the same one over and over again.
- How much does it cost to fix a BSoD?
Most troubleshooting steps that you can follow are free, except for when the problem is hardware-related. You could also invest in good BSoD recovery tools.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in May 2020 and was updated and revamped in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.