- Blue Screens of Death are an indicator that your PC has run into a fatal error during its running time.
- One good example is error code 0x00000008 IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL, and we will be looking over solutions for it in the article below.
- We have a dedicated Hub for Troubleshooting BSoD Errors, so check it out is this error isn't the only one bothering you.
- Additionally, our Windows 10 Errors Fix page is filled with troubleshooting guides covering all 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 will appear that states:
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.
This is how you can fix the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error
1. Free up hard drive space
First, try freeing up some hard drive space if your HDD is more than 80 percent full.
- To check if you need to free up HDD space, open File Explorer with 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 guide for further guidelines.
2. Check for Windows 10 updates
Make sure that Windows is fully updated with the latest patches that can fix BSOD errors.
- Press the Type here to search button on the taskbar.
- Then input updates in the search box.
- Click Check for updates to open the window in the snapshot directly below.
- Click the Check for updates button to see if there are any available.
3. 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 Driver Booster 7 can feasibly fix.
Driver Booster 7’s scan will highlight any incompatible, missing, faulty, or outdated drivers that need updating.
To add Driver Booster 7 to Windows, click Free Download on its webpage. Install Driver Booster 7 with its downloaded installer. When you launch DB 7, it will initiate a scan automatically.
Then you can click Update All to update drivers for devices listed.
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 one of your peripherals.
5. Roll back Windows with System Restore
System Restore is one of the more likely fixes for the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error as that might undo recent system changes which generate the BSOD issue.
- 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.
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 to reset 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 more probable Windows 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.
FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screens of Death
- How do I stop Blue Screens of Death?
Simply follow the hints given at the bottom of the BSoD error, and also use the BSoD Troubleshooter for hints on your specific problem.
- 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, as that is when you need to make a few purchases.