Fix: BSOD Caused by ‘Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL’

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Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL

Many Windows users have already switched to Windows 10, and although most of them are pleased with it, some are experiencing errors. One of the errors that some users have reported is the BSOD “Kernel auto boost lock acquisition with raised irql” error, and today we’re going to show you how to fix it.

How to fix BSOD Caused by “Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL” in Windows 10

  1. Disable your wireless adapter
  2. Disconnect your Bluetooth devices
  3. Remove DNAS device from your system
  4. Check your disk for errors
  5. Update BIOS
  6. Disconnect your external hard drive

There are two possible causes for this error, one is your Bluetooth device and other is your wireless adapter, so let’s see if we can fix this problem. To fix this, you might have to enter Safe Mode using the Advanced Startup if you can’t access Windows 10.

To enter Advanced Startup you need to go to the Start menu and restart your computer from there, just remember to hold the Shift key on your keyboard when you click Restart. If you cannot access Windows at all you might want to try pressing F8 or Shift + F8 during the boot, but this might not work. The last solution is to wait before your computer restarts few times before the option to select Advanced Startup shows.

When you enter Advanced Startup go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options and then go to Startup Settings. This will allow you to enter Safe Mode. When you enter Safe Mode try one of these solutions.

Solution 1 – Disable your wireless adapter

To do so follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Device Manager. You can do so by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the menu.
  2. In device manager locate your wireless adapter, right click it and disable it.
  3. Try and see if the issue is resolved.

If this works for you, you might have to use Ethernet connection instead of wireless. In addition, you might want to remove your wireless adapter if you know how to do it and if your computer isn’t under warranty, or temporarily use a different wireless adapter. This isn’t necessary, and in most cases disabling the adapter should do the trick. As far as we know Atheros AR928X Wireless network adaptor is causing the issues, but other models might have issue as well.

Some users also advise to uninstall your Wireless adapter drivers and allow Windows 10 to find them on its own.

To uninstall drivers do the following:

  1. Open Device Manager and locate your wireless adapter.
  2. Right click it and choose Uninstall.
  3. Check Delete the driver software for this device and click OK.
  4. After you restart your computer Windows 10 should install the default drivers on its own.

Solution 2 – Disconnect your Bluetooth devices

Before turning on your computer make sure that you disconnect all Bluetooth devices from your computer. If the problem still persists, you can try uninstalling and disabling the Bluetooth driver on a similar way as we mentioned in previous solution. Speaking of Bluetooth drivers, if you have any problems with Bluetooth on Windows 10, you can check out our article about that.

Solution 3 – Remove DNAS device from your system

According to users, Ximeta won’t develop new drivers so your best solution is to remove DNAS device from your system. After doing that the BSOD error should go away.

As you can see, this issue is annoying but we expect Microsoft to fix it with latest Windows 10 patch, so make sure that you keep your Windows 10 up to date with latest patches.

Solution 4 – Check your disk for errors

The quickest way to check your disk for errors on Windows 10 is by using Command Prompt.

Go to Start, launch Command Prompt as administrator, type the chkdsk C: /f command and then hit Enter. Replace C with the letter of your hard drive partition. As you can see in the screenshot below, I replaced C with D.

Keep in mind that if you do not use the /f parameter, chkdsk displays a message that files needs to be fixed, but it does not fix any errors. The chkdsk D: /f command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive.

Solution 5 – Update BIOS

Some users confirmed that they fixed this ugly BSOD error by updating their BIOS. This is a powerful solution that can fix compatibility issues, boost your system’s performance and more. However, it can also make your computer completely unusable if you do it the wrong way, so proceed carefully.

If you don’t feel conformable doing this, it’s best to simply go to the next solution or ask for a specialist’s help.

For more information on how to update BIOS, go to your computer manufacturer’s website.

Solution 6 – Disconnect your external hard drive

If you use an external hard drive, try disconnecting it from your computer as this simple action may fix the problem for you.

That would be all, if you have any questions or comments, or you maybe have some another solution for this problem, just reach for the comment section below.

There’s a chance that you might have other Kernel-related issues, so do check out some of our related stories on this:

If you still need help concerning a particular BSOD issue, tell us more about the problem that you’re experiencing and we’ll try to find a solution as soon as possible.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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