- AMD OverDrive is an excellent software solution for those of you that love pushing your PC to the very limits, especially during gaming sessions.
- Unfortunately, overclocking and regulating the fan's speed the wrong way can lead to fatal system errors, including the BSoD covered in this troubleshooting guide.
- This particular issue is just one of many that we've covered in our hub dedicated to troubleshooting Blue Screen of Death errors, so look into it for more articles on the topic.
- If you want more troubleshooting guides, check out our Fix page.
AMD OverDrive is a software utility from the CPU manufacturer that helps the users with overclocking and fan control. It is a handy utility for ADM CPU users as it enables you to extract maximum performance out of your hardware.
However, any conflict with the AMD OverDrive software can result in aoddriver2.sys error in Windows PCs.
The error is not limited to any one version of the OS. From Windows 7 to 10, a good number of users have reported the aoddriver2.sys error resulting in Blue Screen of Death.
The aoddriver2.sys error is a Windows driver that allows the computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices.
In this case, the CPU. The fact that the driver has direct access to the internals of the Windows OS, any conflict between the driver and the hardware can result in a system shutdown.
So, if you are PC also affected by the aoddriver2.sys error BSOD error, this guide will help you diagnose and fix the issue by yourself. In this article, we walk you through the common problems and solutions to fix the aoddriver2.sys error on Windows devices.
What causes aoddriver2.sys errors?
The aoddriver2.sys error can be caused by several reasons and one of them being the installation of AMD OverDrive software with incompatible CPU.
For example, the AMD OverDrive software is not supported by Ryzen series processors; instead, AMD offers an alternative called Ryzen Master Utility.
Now if you happen to install AMD OverDrive on a Ryzen series computer, it is possible that you might be affected by aoddriver2.sys error. The aoddriver2.sys error makes it extremely difficult to restart and diagnose the PC due to frequent shutdowns.
Types of aoddriver2.sys error?
Below are the most common aoddriver2.sys error messages displayed.
- SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION AODDriver2.SYS
- SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED AODDriver2.SYS
How do I fix aoddriver2.sys errorsin Windows 10?
There are multiple solutions to this problem. Depending on the user case, try any of the solutions listed in this article to fix the issue on your computer.
1. Uninstall AMD OverDrive
Now, that is an obvious solution. However, if you haven’t already uninstalled the AMD OverDrive software yet, it is time to do it.
- Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
- Restart the PC after the uninstallation is complete and that should fix the issue.
2. Uninstall the AMD OverDrive program in Safe Mode
The aoddriver2.sys error can leave your PC unusable. The error usually puts the system into an endless loop not allowing the user to access any settings within the computer. This problem can be solved by booting the computer into Safe Mode.
Safe Mode in Windows is a diagnostic mode that allows you to fix any software related problems with your computer. When in Safe Mode, the OS only loads essential system programs during startup.
This way, if a third-party program is making the system crash, you can uninstall it in Safe Mode. Here is how to boot Windows PC into Safe Mode. There are multiple ways to boot into Safe Mode. I have listed both the methods to access Safe Mode on Windows.
2.1 Restart your PC.
- From the login screen click on the Power button.
- Hold the Shift key and click on Restart.
- This can also be done from the Start menu if you are already logged in.
2.2 Repair your PC
If your PC don’t normally, then Windows will present you with a Recovery screen after two failed restart attempts. From the screen, click on See Advanced Repair Options to proceed.
2.3 Uninstall AMD OverDrive in Safe mode
- First shutdown your PC.
- Press the start button and start pressing the F8 key during boot till you see the Recovery screen.
- From the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot option.
- Next, click on Advanced Options.
- Under Advanced options section, click on the Startup Settings option.
- Click on the Restart button and let the PC restart.
- Upon restart, you will see multiple options to startup. Press the #4 key to enable Safe Mode.
- Now your PC will restart in Safe Mode. Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
- Find and uninstall AMD OverDrive software.
- To get out of the Safe Mode, simply restart your PC.
3. Use Revo Uninstaller
It is possible that the AMD OverDrive software may not be visible in the Program and feature screen making the uninstallation process difficult. To solve the problem, download the trial version of Revo Uninstaller Pro.
- Get Revo Uninstaller Pro version
Run the software to scan and display all the installed drivers and software. When detected, select AMD OverDrive and click Uninstall.
4. Use System Restore
Windows 10 and earlier version of the OS come with System Restore features that allows you to create a system restore point manually or automatically on your PCs local drive.
The created restore points can be used to restore your PC back to normal in case of a crash or aoddriver2.sys error.
If you can boot into Windows normally, accessing system restore is easy. However, in case the error doesn’t let you login, then you have to access system restore via Safe Mode. I have listed both the methods below.
Note: Any program installed after the selected restore point was created will be uninstalled during the restore process.
4.1. Access System Restore Point Normally
- In the Cortana/Search bar type Restore.
- Select Create a Restore Point option from the search result.
- From the System Properties window, click on System Restore button.
- A new dialogue box will open. Click on Next.
- By default, the Windows will show the most recently created restore point.
- Check Show more restore points option to view all the available restore points.
- Check the date when the restore point was created and select the restore point accordingly.
- Click on Scan for affected programs button to check which programs installed on your computer will be uninstalled due to restore process.
- Click on Next to proceed. Read the confirmation message and if you want to go ahead click on the Finish button.
Windows will restore the system back to when it was working perfectly fine. After the restart check for any improvements.
4.2 Access System Restore via Safe Mode
If you are unable to access the login screen, you can use the System Restore via Safe Mode. Scroll up and read the Solution 2 of this article to know how to boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Once you are in the Safe Mode, do the following.
Note: It is important that you boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
When the PC restarts into Safe Mode with Command Prompt, enter the following command and hit enter.
Now follow the instructions give in Solution 4 – Method 4.1 to known how to proceed with System Restore process.
5. Run Windows File Checker
- Type cmd in the Cortana/Search bar, right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
- When the Command Prompt open, type the following command and hit enter.sfc /scannow
- System File Checker will scan the protected system files for any missing or corrupted files and replace it with cached files from the local hard drive.
- The process can take a few minutes to an hour depending on your PC.
If you have installed AMD OverDrive on the right-version of AMD processor and still getting the error, the problem can be with the corrupt or missing system files. Windows comes with a built-in System File Checker tool to repair missing and corrupted system files.
To use System File Checker, run the command prompt as admin.
6. Perform a Clean Install
Now, this is the last thing anyone wants to do. Performing a clean install of Windows OS is a time-consuming process, and you would also need to install all the programs right from scratch all again.
To perform a clean install of Windows OS, you need an installation drive or disk. You can easily create a bootable USB flash drive / Disk using the ISO. We have already covered the topic in great details.
- What can cause aoddriver2.sys BSoD messages?
BSoD errors can also appear when hardware malfunctionings occur, as well as plenty of other reasons.
- Is AMD OverDrive the only tool that can regulate overclocking and fan speeds?
No. You can find a lot of alternatives for the AMD OverDrive including AIDA 64, HWINFO, CoreTemp and other similar tools.
- Will replacing AMD OverDrive get rid of the aoddriver2.sys BSoD error messages?
Yes, this particular error message is caused only by AMD OverDrive, so replacing it with something else should fix the issue.
While AMD OverDrive is a handy little utility that allows you to overclock your CPU and also monitor the temperature and speed, it is recommended to stop the use if it causes AODDriver2.SYS BSOD error.
Did any of the solution fix the AMD OverDrive error for you? Do let us know your favorite overclocking software in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.