Fix: ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY error in Windows 10


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Blue Screen of Death errors such as ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY can cause you a lot of problems on Windows 10 since they will frequently restart your PC in order to prevent damage. These errors can cause system instability and data loss, therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix this error.

How to fix ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY BSoD

Table of contents:

  1. Update your drivers and Windows 10
  2. Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Remove problematic applications
  6. Reset BIOS to default
  7. Use System Restore or Windows 10 reset
  8. Check your hardware

Fix – ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY Windows 10 error

Solution 1 – Update your drivers and Windows 10

Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by outdated or incompatible drivers, therefore it’s important that you update them as often as you can. Windows 10 relies heavily on drivers in order to recognize and use certain hardware, and if your drivers are corrupted, or simply not compatible with Windows 10, that will cause a ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY or any other BSoD error to appear. In order to fix this error it’s highly recommended that you update your drivers. Updating drivers in Windows 10 is fairly simple, and you can do that right from the Device Manager by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu and select Device Manager.
    device-manager
  2. Once Device Manager opens, locate the device you want to update, right click it and select Update Driver Software from the menu.
    update-driver-software
  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software and wait for Windows 10 to install the appropriate driver for your device.
    browse-my-for-driver-software
  4. Repeat the steps for all devices that you want to update.

Using Device Manager to update your drivers is pretty straightforward, but some users claim that Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers for your device. To download the latest drivers, it’s always better to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the necessary drivers manually. Bear in mind that you’ll have to update as many drivers as you can in order to fix this issue.

Update drivers automatically

Searching for drivers on your own can be time-consuming. So, we advise you to use a tool that will do this for you automatically. Using an automatic driver updater will certainly save you from the hassle of searching for drivers manually, and it will always keep your system up to date with the latest drivers.

Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.

Here is a quick guide on how to use it:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
  2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
    scanning proccess of Tweakbit driver updater
  3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
    Automatically Update complete
    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Solution 2 – Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 

If updating your drivers didn’t get the job done, let’s try Windows 10‘s troubleshooting tool. This is a universal tool that basically deals with all sorts of issues within Windows 10. And it might also be helpful with the BSOD issues.

Here’s how to run Windows 10‘s troubleshooting tool:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan

The next troubleshooting tool we’re going to run is the SFC scan. This is a command-line troubleshooter that scans your system for potential issues, and resolves them (if the solution is possible, of course).

Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
  4. If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.